William Friedkin’s gritty 1970s classic is the paradigmatic rip-roaring chase film, complete with New York City street and subway pursuits, drug smugglers, corrupt cops, and one good guy, Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle – based on true-life detective Eddie Egan – who makes his own rules.
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DCP, rewatched, re-rating. I already liked it a lot but having seen it on tv several years ago, i hadn't a clear notion of its extraordinary ability to show the real space of New York city and to integrate it in such distinct and concentrationary fictional profusion, playing with the fragmentation of that space with "trompe l'oeil" in such remarkable way. One of the great New York movies of the 70s.
It's like High & Low in reverse - the beginning is slow and very much like a police procedural and then the second half kicks the film in high gear with a terrific edge-of-your-seat chase sequence. I love the handheld feel of the camera. A lot of fun.
The French Connection weaves grittiness and magnificence beautifully as it tells the (mostly) true story of one of the biggest drug busts in history. William Friedkin shoots it like a low-budget documentary. Between that and Don Ellis' ominous score the whole movie feels like a police ride along you're not going to walk away from. Throw in the greatest chase scene of all time and you're in business.
I'll admit Gene Hackman was great and there are some wonderful scenes, especially the chase at the train station.
Unfortunately, time hasn't really treated this film well. Seeing as it was a best picture winner at the Oscars, I felt a tad underwhelmed by it.
This is pure filmmaking. An intense look at the drug world and the people who work to bring them down. Gene Hackman is at the top of his form as the rough and tumble Popeye Doyle and this film also features one of the greatest car chases of all time. Absolutely heart pounding.
Obra maestra que dignifica la naturaleza pura del cine, aquella que hacía de la fuerza del movimiento su principal atracción. Cada una de las persecuciones que se desarrollan no solo sostienen aquel viejo juego del gato que quiere cazar al ratón, sino que, mas importante aún, revelan el lado mas oscuro de la condición humana, aquella que se empeña en destruír todo en pos de obtener aquello que desea. Puro Friedkin.
Great direction. Great music choices. I hate film scores in general, but here Friedkin shows great poise in using ambience & minimal music to offset each other. The acting is so natural & pitch perfect with some of the best cinematography I've ever seen to boot.
Gripping, frantic and viscerally realistic thriller with a formidable Gene Hackman as the hard-boiled law enforcer Popeye Doyle. Gritty ambiance, impressive performances, and one of the most staggering and tense car chases ever shot.