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THE FRENCH CONNECTION

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

  • Directed by William Friedkin
  • Starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey
  • 1971 | 104mins | USA | rated (18)

New York City detectives “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards® in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Hackman.