The French Connection

The French Connection
The French Connection
  • R
  • 1h 44m
  • 1971
Certified Fresh98%
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When New York detectives Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) launch a deadly pursuit to bust up a narcotics smuggling ring, they discover a link to France. Based on a true story, this action-packed thriller, with its iconic chase scene, earned Oscars® in 1971 for Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Actor for Hackman, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing.

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Certified Fresh98%
Critics Consensus: Realistic, fast-paced and uncommonly smart, The French Connection is bolstered by stellar performances by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, not to mention William Friedkin's thrilling production.
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Common Sense Says
Classic cop film with frequent profanity, violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The French Connection is a 1971 movie that is filled with frequent profanity (including "f--k"), violence, and questionable behavior. The two lead characters, NYPD detectives, are in more of an antihero vein: racists, drinkers, smokers, and womanizers who engage in law-enforcement practices that don't seem entirely by the book. One of the detectives tells the other "Never trust a ["N" word]." In two instances of violence, a character is shot in the face at close range, and two bodies are in a car covered in blood in the aftermath of an accident. There are drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. A police detective finds his partner in his apartment handcuffed to his bed after sex. A woman's naked buttocks are shown. Overall, though, it's undeniably one of the all-time great films and one that set the standard for cop movies for decades to come.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:October 9, 1971
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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