The Connection [DVD] [1961]

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Special Features

  • The Connection home movies (b&w, 6 mins.)
  • A conversation with Albert Brenner by Ross Lipman (4 mins.)
  • Connecting with Freddie Redd (27 mins)
  • The Connection-behind the scenes photo gallery
  • The Connection trailer
  • Carl and Max at the Chelsea (color home movie. 4 mins.)
  • 1959 radio interview (29 mins.)
  • Two 1964 marketing songs: "Who Killed Cock Robin" and "I'm In Love"


The Connection
Experimental director Shirley Clarke's first feature film is a no-compromise look at the dead-end world of drug addiction in Manhattan. Awaiting their next "connection", eight dopers sit in a bleak New York loft. The addicts agree to allow filmmaker William Redfield to shoot a documentary of their lifestyle--for a price. When their connection arrives, he suspects the filmmaker of being a narc and abruptly runs away. The film ends with Redfield agreeing to try some heroin himself in order to more thoroughly understand his "actors". While it appears totally improvised (especially a supposedly impromptu jam session with four musician junkies), The Connection was adapted from a play by Jack Gelber. Roscoe Lee Browne appears in the cast in one of his earliest movie roles. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Warren Finnerty - Leach
  • Image coming soon
    Garry Goodrow - Ernie
  • Carl Lee
    Carl Lee - Cowboy
  • William Redfield
    William Redfield - Jim Dunn
  • Roscoe Lee Browne
    Roscoe Lee Browne - J.J. Burden

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