• The French Connection (1991)

The French Connection

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: Thriller , Crime drama

Production Co: 20th Century Fox

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    IGN

    It is a damn good detective movie. show more

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    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] show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The French Connection is routinely included, along with "Bullitt," "Diva" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," on the short list of movies with the greatest chase scenes of all time. What is not always remembered is what a good movie it is apart from the chase scene. show more

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Awards

Winner Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Film Editing
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Winner Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Winner Directing
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Sound
Winner Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1973)
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture