The French Connection (1971) dir. William Friedkin

Two New York City policemen investigate a complex intercontinental drug smuggling scheme, known as The French Connection. Based on the true story of Narcotics Detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso and the non-fiction book of the same title by Robin Moore.
Notable performances by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, as well as Fernando Rey as frenchman Alain Charnier.
A Landmark all-time classic action-thriller film, which laid the groundwork for all those who followed it. Brilliant documentary-style mannner of direction, heavily inspired by the French New Wave, as well as the 1969 French political thriller, Z (dir. by Costa-Gavras).
Characteristic 1970’s Jazz soundtrack.
Includes what is considered by critics and cinephiles alike as one of the Greatest Car Chase scenes of all time. A significant piece of American cinema history, a must-see gem and classic!
Won 5 Oscars from a total of 8 nominations, for Best Director, Lead Actor, Screenplay, Editing and Best Picture.

The French Connection cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco


The Car Chase scene through the streets of New York City

The Car Chase scene through the streets of New York City

Gene Hackman as  Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle

Gene Hackman as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle

The French Connection

Fernando Rey as Alain Charnier