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The French Connection


Roger Davidson

French Connection, The
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Many action films have great chase scenes. This film practically invented them. This detective yarn involves the exploits of loose cannon, "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman), who has a passionate hatred for drug dealers and smugglers. His main target is the malevolently clever Frenchman, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) who is a more level-headed prey than the hunter Hackman. When Hackman gets too close to Rey's operations, Rey sends an assassin (Marcel Bozzuffi) after him. However, it proves a difficult task, when Hackman turns the tables on Bozzuffi and attempts to kill the killer. That's where the great chase scene comes in.

Winner of five Academy awards (including Hackman for Best Actor), this is superb action filmaking by William Friedkin. Besides the great performance by Hackman, there is a capable supporting cast that includes, Rey, Bozzuffi and Roy Scheider as Hackman's partner, who seems to keep Hackman's temper on a leash. It's a real winner!

My Rating = Four Stars

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