The French Connection [Blu-ray] [1971]

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  • Release Date: 03/06/2012
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (177 out of 185)

Special Features


  • Commentary by director William Friedkin
  • Commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider
  • Isolated score Track
  • Trivia track
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director William Friedkin
  • Anatomy of a chase
  • Hackman on Doyle
  • Friedkin and Grosso remember the real French Connection
  • Scene of the crime
  • Cop jazz: the music of Don Ellis
  • Rogue cop: the Noir connection
  • Making the Connection: the untold stories of the French Connection

Synopsis


The French Connection
This gritty, fast-paced, and innovative police drama earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (written by Ernest Tidyman), and Best Actor (Gene Hackman). Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Hackman) and his partner, Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider), are New York City police detectives on narcotics detail, trying to track down the source of heroin from Europe into the United States. Suave Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) is the French drug kingpin who provides a large percentage of New York City's dope, and Pierre Nicoli (Marcel Bozzuffi) is a hired killer and Charnier's right-hand man. Acting on a hunch, Popeye and Buddy start tailing Sal Boca (Tony Lo Bianco) and his wife, Angie (Arlene Faber), who live pretty high for a couple whose corner store brings in about 7,000 dollars a year. It turns out Popeye's suspicions are right -- Sal and Angie are the New York agents for Charnier, who will be smuggling 32 million dollars' worth of heroin into the city in a car shipped over from France. The French Connection broke plenty of new ground for screen thrillers; Popeye Doyle was a highly unusual "hero," an often violent, racist, and mean-spirited cop whose dedication to his job fell just short of dangerous obsession. The film's high point, a high-speed car chase with Popeye tailing an elevated train, was one of the most viscerally exciting screen moments of its day and set the stage for dozens of action sequences to follow. And the film's grimy realism (and downbeat ending) was a big change from the buff-and-shine gloss and good-guys-always-win heroics of most police dramas that preceded it. The French Connection was inspired by a true story, and Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, Popeye and Buddy's real life counterparts, both have small roles in the film. A sequel followed four years later. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Gene Hackman
    Gene Hackman - Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle
  • Fernando Rey
    Fernando Rey - Alain Charnier
  • Roy Scheider
    Roy Scheider - Buddy Russo
  • Tony Lo Bianco
    Tony Lo Bianco - Sal Boca
  • Marcel Bozzuffi
    Marcel Bozzuffi - Pierre Nicoli



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Strong Connection!

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    motionstories
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    From start to finish this film maintained a connection with me. There have been many good police/detective crime dramas since 1971. Few if any can match the greatness of The French Connection. The car chase is still the best one ever made and at the top of its class. It looks and feels real because it was filmed in real time, minimal pre-staging, with no computer graphics. How can a great movie become greater? An impossible task it would seem if it were not for the 28-page booklet and special features. In particular: "Anatomy of a Chase Hackman on Doyle", "Franklin and Grosso Remember the Real French Connection", "Rogue Cop: The Noir Connection", and "Making the Connection: The Untold Stories of the French Connection". Realistic storytelling based on a real story.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must for Movie Fans

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    Movinpix73
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    Before purchasing this Blu-ray (2 for $10) I only had a VHS copy recorded from cable. What a great treat this was to see it again in all its digital glory. And the extra's were full of great information and stories too. Both about the film itself and the real life crime story which inspired it. Great all around; directing, acting, story, music and tone. Still exciting to watch and really hasn't aged since 1971.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Oscar winning gem

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    pauleky
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    "The French Connection" is a thrilling, Oscar-winning masterpiece. Directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist), it won the Best Picture Oscar of 1972 and won four others, including Best Actor for Gene Hackman and Best Director for Friedkin. All of the awards were deserved. Loosely based on a true story, this film will leave you breathless. Some may find it dated only because a lot of films have stolen from this movie. See the original ASAP.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great '70's film!

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    chadwick39
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    I had never before seen The French Connection, but I've been aware of it since my Dad told me about it after he saw it in 1971. Of course, I'd seen the now-famous high speed drive under the EL, but that was about it. I must say, it was worth the wait. One of the things I enjoy about films from the '70's, aside from the gritty look of the settings, is that, quite often, the "hero" was far from perfect. That is surely the case with The French Connection. Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider are great.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice to have original color timing, get both

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    JGabNich
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    Its a rare position to be in to have two releases of the same film that offer very different visual treatments of the film. I for one enjoyed the original bluray and found the explanations for the changes to be very well thought out. With this edition you are able to see a transfer of the movie that more closely replicates what was initially shown in theaters. If only fox would do this with some of their other catalogue titles...

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great 70’s Thriller

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    DNice
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    Friedkin really knows how to make films, period. This is an awesome 70’s crime Thriller. With Hackman and Schieder you really can’t go wrong. This film looks great on blu ray and it has some cool extra features. It’s a little slow looking at today’s standards, which is a plus in my book. Well worth the pennies you get it for.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Classic!

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    AudioGearGuru
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    This stellar sequel is brilliant where most sequels fail miserably. Gene Hackman reprises his role as the edgy NY detective Popeye Doyle with some of the most incredible acting of his career. With out giving anything away, there are a set of scenes where his acting is so palpably realistic that you can literally feel the gut wrenching pain he's experiencing! It's a MUST SEE for Hackman and detective flick fans!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This version is mastered correctly

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    obscura
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    This film is a classic, hands down. So, I won't go into what it's about or what makes it great. What I will say, is that this blu-ray version is much better than the original release - the color palate has been corrected. It has all of the extras from the original release, except for the excellent BBC documentary on the making of the film, which is the only reason I'm keeping that one as well.

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