Popeye Doyle (Hackman) and his partner Buddy Russo (Scheider) are a couple of hard-nosed NYC narcotics detectives who stumble onto what turns out to be one of the biggest narcotics rings of all time, involving French mastermind Alain Charnier (Rey). Cat-and-mouse thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat; contains one of the most exciting chase scenes ever filmed. Hackman's portrayal of Doyle is exact and the teamwork with Scheider special. Based on a true story from the book by Robin Moore. Followed in 1975 by "French Connection 2."
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 102 minutes.
Oscars 1971: Actor (Hackman), Adapt. Screenplay, Director (Friedkin), Film Editing, Picture; AFI 1998: Top 100; British Acad. 1972: Actor (Hackman); Directors Guild 1971: Director (Friedkin); Golden Globes 1972: Actor--Drama (Hackman), Director (Friedkin), Film--Drama; Natl. Bd. of Review 1971: Actor (Hackman), Natl. Film Reg. 2005;; N.Y. Film Critics 1971: Actor (Hackman); Writers Guild 1971: Adapt. Screenplay.
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