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The French Connection: 8 Things That Still Hold Up Today

The French Connection: 8 Things That Still Hold Up Today

William Friedkin’s The French Connection is one of the most acclaimed crime thrillers of all time, telling the story of a hard-as-nails New York detective’s hunt for an elusive heroin smuggler. Arriving in theaters in 1971 at the height of the New Hollywood movement, the film offered a refreshingly subversive take on a police noir.

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Unlike many films of its era, the movie has aged surprisingly well. With its morally gray portrayal of the police, iconic car chase, and ambiguous ending, The French Connection remains a timeless masterpiece to this day.

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