The French Connection Poster

Release Date: July 10th, 1991

DVD Release Date: September 25th, 2001

R|1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary
New York Detective "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner (Roy Scheider) chase a French heroin smuggler.

Cast: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frédéric de Pasquale, Bill Hickman, Ann Rebbot

Director: William Friedkin

Genres: Crime drama, Thriller

Production Co: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Pursuit, Suspenseful, Engaging, Quest, 1970s, Car, New York City, Mystery, Tense

Ratings & Reviews

view all
  • The French Connection is a film of almost incredible suspense, and it includes, among a great many chilling delights, the most brilliantly executed chase sequence I have ever seen. [8 October 1971]

  • This tough, brilliant crime film features Hackman as the indefatigable Popeye Doyle, who passionately hates drug pushers. show more

  • There is only one problem with the excitement generated by this film. After it is over, you will walk out of the theater and, as I did, curse the tedium of your own life. I kept looking for someone who I could throw up against a wall. [8 November 1971]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Winner Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1972)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Sound
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Film Editing
Winner Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Best Picture
Winner Directing
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama