The French Connection

Dir: William Friedkin
Cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey
104mins   1971   US   18   English, French   

Part of our Cops season introduced by Robert Senior

When New York detectives Popeye Doyle and Buddy Russo launch a deadly pursuit to bust up a narcotics smuggling ring, they discover a link to France through their European suppliers. After a failed murder attempt on Doyle's life, the loose cannon detective takes his investigation down a new path, one that is far beyond his jurisdiction.

'It's hard to imagine it now, but there are only two types of cop movie: pre and post-The French Connection. That's how big it is' - Kevin Maher, Times



Tue 24 September