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  • Summary: Based on what was then the largest heroin bust in U.S. history, 1971's The French Connection raised the bar for crime dramas, chase scenes and all the details that deliver what an authentic New York story looks and feels like. (Two Boots Pioneer Theater)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 100
    There is only one problem with the excitement generated by this film. After it is over, you will walk out of the theater and, as I did, curse the tedium of your own life. I kept looking for someone who I could throw up against a wall. [8 November 1971]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    90
    Producer and screenwriter have added enough fictional flesh to provide director William Friedkin and his overall topnotch cast with plenty of material, and they make the most of it.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Greenspun
    90
    The French Connection is a film of almost incredible suspense, and it includes, among a great many chilling delights, the most brilliantly executed chase sequence I have ever seen. [8 October 1971]
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    90
    This tough, brilliant crime film features Hackman as the indefatigable Popeye Doyle, who passionately hates drug pushers.
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  1. Dec 17, 2010
    10
    Gene Hackman as the dumpy tough cop.. superb!! Must see movie with a gritty feel you can almost imagine being there. So rare to find aGene Hackman as the dumpy tough cop.. superb!! Must see movie with a gritty feel you can almost imagine being there. So rare to find a Hollywood movie that is actually believable... this one is!!!!!!! Expand
  2. Jul 1, 2014
    10
    I stated that "The French Connection" is one the best cop films besides "Dirty Harry." It shows that the experience of the true story of theI stated that "The French Connection" is one the best cop films besides "Dirty Harry." It shows that the experience of the true story of the cops who is hurting the streets of Brooklyn. The movie has it chills and suspence with the car chase. Expand
  3. Jun 7, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The French Connection is a thrilling, morally troubling, and important movie on the war on drugs. A complex web of truth and lies, of black and white, I found it hard to discern who or what I was rooting for in the end. These detectives Cloudy and Popeye have dedicated so much time to finding and catching these elusive heroin smugglers – namely Charnier.

    I think the most intriguing aspect overall was watching the descent of these detectives (mostly Popeye) from doing their jobs to becoming hopelessly obsessed and entangled in their work and catching these people. I think the chase scene was by far one of the best I have ever seen. It was real, showed a true sign of danger, and was even extreme with the train. It was certainly one of my highlights overall and I can't recall a time where I was so invested in exactly how the chase went down and who got hurt.

    Nicoli the hit-man does an exquisite job at showing the true danger and power coming from these mob groups that just want to smuggle their heroin in cars from unsuspecting French people. It's so out there that it's actually believable and leaves me wondering why my life is so mundane compared to this. As for the invisible lines that everyone in this movie crosses – it's fascinating. In what world is shooting and killing someone on your side not worth a second glance? It is here.

    The locations of New York and Marseille were completely on point and only helped to enhance the inner workings of the police department, the mobsters, and their constituents. A classic and a staple in the book of chase scenes.
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  4. TonyB.
    Aug 14, 2007
    9
    I placed "The French Connection" in the #3 spot on my 1971 Best Film's list. It would have been #1 if its much praised car-train chase I placed "The French Connection" in the #3 spot on my 1971 Best Film's list. It would have been #1 if its much praised car-train chase sequence had been more carefully photographed and edited. Any viewers familiar with the section of Brooklyn in which it was filmed should have been able to spot how sloppily it was put together. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2012
    9
    Although the ending is a bit of a downer, "The French Connection" still ends up as a richly entertaining detective drama; featuring one of theAlthough the ending is a bit of a downer, "The French Connection" still ends up as a richly entertaining detective drama; featuring one of the greatest Gene Hackman performances on film. Expand
  6. May 24, 2013
    8
    It is hard not appreciate how remarkable this film would have been back in 1971. In fact, even today the chase feels very intense andIt is hard not appreciate how remarkable this film would have been back in 1971. In fact, even today the chase feels very intense and suspenseful and is impeccably edited and brilliantly executed. Expand
  7. Oct 22, 2010
    1
    I can't understand the reputation this movie has. It has an extremely misleading title, and gives you a very negative impression of theI can't understand the reputation this movie has. It has an extremely misleading title, and gives you a very negative impression of the country. It's not my experience of France at all. It was such a lovely place when I spent my honeymoon there. I didn't see any drugs the whole time I was there. Expand

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