The French Connection
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Based on a true story of two New York Police detectives who hope to break a narcotic smuggling ring.
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 09/25/01
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
Full Frame: no
- Disc 1:
- Scene specific commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider
- Original Trailer
- Disc 2:
- BBC Documentary: Poughkeepsie shouffle
- "Making the Connection The Untold Stories" documentary
- 7 deleted scenes
- William Friedkin discusses the deleted scenes
- Still gallery
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Hackman won his first Academy Award in this spectacular film which netted five Oscars overall, including Best Picture for 1971. The tension builds slowly throughout the movie as Doyle and fellow detective Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) stalk the villains. Judicious use of dramatic music heightens the suspense, and the portrayal of New York City is so gritty that the Big Apple of the early Seventies ends up being another star in the film. The chase scene is legendary (one of the pleasures of the film is seeing all of the period cars), and the movie culminates in a shocking ending.
If you like adventure films, you simply have to see this movie at some point in life. Nearly four decades after its release, "The French Connection" is not simply one of the best crime/adventure films ever, it is one of the best films ever, period.