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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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.
New York Daily News
Kathleen Carroll

Its trigger-fast, explosive scenes and high-tension chase sequences (the one in "Bullitt" pales by...

June 25, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

To watch The French Connection now is to experience the shock of the old: a lost world of the city...

June 22, 2017
Chicago Tribune
Gene Siskel

There is only one problem with the excitement generated by this film. After it is over, you will w...

June 22, 2017
Times (UK)
Kevin Maher

It's hard to imagine it now, but there are only two types of cop movie: pre and post-The French Co...

June 22, 2017
TIME Magazine
Jay Cocks

A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book exp...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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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
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