Two NYC Narcotics cops investigate a drug smuggling ring.
The French Connection (1971)
Directed by William Friedkin
Written by Ernest Tidyman
Starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey,
Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Bill Hickman
Based on the book by Robin Moore
Oscar Wins - Best Picture, Best Actor (Gene Hackman),
Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actor (Roy Scheider), Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing
William Friedkin’s, The French Connection, completely dominated the 44th Academy Awards, including the win for Best Picture. It’s one of those films that has stood the test of time and has aged like fine wine. The film is based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Robin Moore that came out a couple years before. We are witnesses to some absolutely thrilling stuff here as detectives Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy ‘Cloudy’ Russo (Roy Scheider) chase after the French criminal, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) in some edge of your seat kind of fashion. You’re going to want to put your phone in the charger for this fast-paced and surprisingly smart film for being one built on men chasing each other on foot or in cars.