Realistic and gritty cop movie about drug trafficking from France to New York. This is the film to see The greatest cop chase with car put on film. Gene Hackman and Roy Schneider are fantastic as cops and while the fashion and haircuts may not have dated that well, the movie have and it feels like a fantastic documentation of the 1970s that one want to revisit again and again. For me, William Friedkin's masterpiece.
Es interesante cómo Friedkin nos introduce a su historia tomando dos instantes de forma independiente. Pronto vamos entendiendo cuál es la relación entre dos policías y una sociedad en Francia. El desarrollo es un mundo policial combativo. El ambiente de la jefatura es una lucha protocolar constante. La lucha en las calles es distinta. Grandes secuencias: un almuerzo, dos persecuciones y el final, coda incluida.
Showing the influence of Costa-Gavras, Friedkin's taut, morally complex procedural still works; both as a gritty cat & mouse thriller (that revels in the grime & decay of its 1970s urban settings) & as a character study about pride & obsession pushed to the extremes. Hackman's performance dominates, but Friedkin's use of documentary techniques gives the film a genuine authenticity that enlivens its greatest moments.
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.
Rather single-minded and grungy police procedural shot through with exciting detail achieved through jump cuts, low key lighting, judicious musical cues and Freidkin's visceral verisimilitude. Rey brings unexpected (and welcome) euro-elegance to the role of Charnier. Time has perhaps dimmed its pedigree but that's more due to a pile-up of imitation than a dimming of original quality. That said, once is enough.
If you are looking for a realistic, gritty, and thrilling cop movie, THE FRENCH CONNECTION is one of the example. I think THE FRENCH CONNECTION is William Friedkin's best effort along with THE EXORCIST and TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. so far. It's realistic. Because no sets were built, they shot it in real location. Like TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., this movie also has a thrilling car chase sequence. Absolutely classic!
Lurches forth with vigor and masculinity. There's nothing soft in this film and the very tone is virile, right down to the dirty humor, macho talk, and assured confidence of the buddy-buddy relationship between Hackman and Scheider. This means it's not 'traditionally' dramatic in tender emotions, but is still dramatic in how gripping and aggressive it makes even its police procedural element out of actionless action.
La dualità linguistica e culturale a cavallo tra Stati Uniti e Francia non salva il film da alcuni inevitabili cliché a stelle e strisce. Le classiche figure del poliziotto buono e poliziotto cattivo sgomitano in un poliziesco mediamente interessante ma mai veramente sorprendente, carico di scene registicamente prevedibili. Inspiegabile la reputazione leggendaria per un film tutto sommato di media fattura.
Crime film directors of today should go back and watch these 70s flicks, would learn a lot. Basically Star Wars ruined film forever, bc Hollywood realized they could target movies to morons and children and still make mass profits. This, Bullitt, Seven Ups, Mean Streets, etc could never be made today, and its why I consider the 70s to be the last great film decade. Literally every frame is motion-filled, 5 stars
Great film with a slow pace and extensive use of camera movement and zooming that really suites the mysterious feel it has throughout. Hackman plays a great indocile detective whose gut feeling fuses well with the overall atmosphere. Best of all I enjoyed the great car chase scene, which is a big compliment, since I usually cannot be bothered much with such suspense.
William Friedkin is famous for having filmed some memorable thrillers and for having been the fortunate husband of Jeanne MOREAU ... William Friedkin est célèbre pour avoir filmé quelques thrillers momorables et pour avoir été le chanceux mari de Jeanne MOREAU
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.