William Friedkin’s gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between ‘Popeye’ Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier, a suave and urbane gentleman who is nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America. During the surveillance and eventual bust, Friedkin provides one of the most gripping and memorable car chase sequences ever filmed. –IMDb
William Friedkin (born 29 August 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1972 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. His recent film, Bug (2006) won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
After seeing the movie Citizen Kane as a boy, Friedkin became fascinated with movies and began working for WGN-TV immediately after high school. He eventually started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries, including The People vs. Paul Crump which won several awards and contributed to the commutation of Crump’s death sentence. As mentioned in Friedkin’s voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Friedkin also directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called “Off Season”. Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie… read more
I've heard about this film long time before but now I finally got to see it. I cannot say I'm disappointed. Great acting, epic soundtrack by Don Ellis, raw, tense.. to say it in other words: this film catches your attention and holds it through the entire film. It has the perfect ending. The famous car chase scene is legendary. Fantastic film!
Crudo e meraviglioso poliziesco anni '70. Friedkin dipinge una New York gelida e degradata e la infarcisce dei suoi personaggi sempre sul filo dell'illegalità,condendo il tutto con fantastici piani-sequenza e movimenti celestiali.Il montaggio è monumentale e dona alla pellicola uno straordinario dinamismo,che esplode nelle scene di inseguimento.Oltre questo,un Hackman strepitoso e un ottimo finale sospeso.4*
Le strade di New York, la camera a mano, un Gene Hackman titanico e autodistruttivo che rincorre un treno in automobile contro ogni legge della fisica e del buon senso... rivederlo a distanza di anni è stato davvero emozionante. Uno dei Grandi Classici americani: non c'è una parola, un gesto o una nota fuori posto.
Even recognizing that Killer Joe is no French Connection, many critics appreciate its “bruising, full-contact entertainment.”
This is an intense, unremitting, intelligent and incredibly fast-paced film which blends action, cinematic realism, art and humor into a masterwork of hard-edged crime drama. But to categorize this… read review
Le film s’inspirant de la fameuse French Connection se révèle extrêmement intéressant sur plusieurs points. Tout d’abord, il faut avouer que son casting en jette sévèrement un max. Scheider et Bianco… read review
A great cop movie and one of the most surreal interpretations ever brought on screen. It displays the ugly side of police work and some of the not so glorifying aspects to the men on the job. Gene… read review