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French Connection

The French Connection

Réalisé par William Friedkin
États-Unis, 1971
Action, Policier, Drame


Jimmy Doyle et Buddy Russo forment la meilleure équipe de la brigade des stupéfiants de New York. Une de leurs enquêtes les mène à une filière française, dont l’un des relais serait une boutique de confiserie à Brooklyn…

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French Connection Réalisé par William Friedkin

Prix & Festivals

Academy Awards

1972 | 5 prix remportés dont : Best Actor in a Leading Role

1972 | 3 nominations dont : Best Actor in a Supporting Role

National Film Preservation Board

2005 | Lauréat : National Film Registry

All of the standout sequences function virtually without regard to the dramatis personae: You could put Frank Bullitt behind the wheel of that LeMans during the high-speed chase (still the most insanely harrowing ever filmed, for my money…), or have Harry Callahan perform the beautifully orchestrated subway-car minuet with Fernando Rey (cat and mouse at its finest), and it wouldn’t make an iota of difference. It’s a pungent portrait of a bust with delusions of grandeur.
April 01, 2012
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Eliminating the language on the page and upping the adrenaline-kick ante allows Friedkin to express nearly every important conflict visually: the drama changes direction when the people being pursued do. The brisk tempo of that race through city streets is applied to nearly every scene, so that like Popeye, it doesn’t stop to think when shooting: it just embraces the thrill of non-stop motion and violence.
September 13, 2011
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William Friedkin takes his mark from Don Siegel and Costa-Gavras, belligerent action portraits in quick, hard, racy strokes. Grain is the texture of choice, the brickier and danker the better, the snapshot of the city runs from Brooklyn Bridge traffic jams to Madison Avenue in the metallic grip of winter.
January 01, 2010
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  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film French Connection

    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.

  • josé neves's rating of the film French Connection

    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.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film French Connection

    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.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film French Connection

    Lurches forth with vigor and masculinity. There's nothing soft in the film and the tone is virile, right down to the dirty humor, macho talk, and assured confidence in the buddy-buddy relationship between Hackman and Scheider. It's not traditionally 'dramatic' in tender emotions, but is still in how gripping and aggressive it often makes even its slow and overlong police procedural element out of actionless action.

  • Ethan's rating of the film French Connection

    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.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film French Connection

    Next to Serpico, the ultimate 70’s New York thriller. The French Connection is lean, mean, and dirty. Paradoxically enough, it’s also breathtakingly shot. Friedkin uses the camera expertly to do two things at once: infer and move the plot forward. It’s not an optimistic film in its presentation, but it’s a film about people trying to find reasons to be optimistic about their future. And they find none.

  • WhatsUpWill's rating of the film French Connection

    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.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film French Connection

    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.

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