The French Connection (1971)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

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  • Gene Hackman in The French Connection (1971)
  • Gene Hackman in The French Connection (1971)
  • Gene Hackman in The French Connection (1971)
  • Gene Hackman in The French Connection (1971)
  • The French Connection (1971)
  • Gene Hackman and William Friedkin in The French Connection (1971)

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William Friedkin credits his decision to direct the movie to a discussion with film director Howard Hawks, whose daughter was living with Friedkin at the time. Friedkin asked Hawks what he thought of his movies, to which Hawks bluntly replied that they were "lousy." Instead ... ...


Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Merry Christmas. What's your name, little boy?
Little Boy: Eric.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Uh-huh, Eric. What do you want for Christmas Eric? Hmmm?


When the train conductor goes to the driver's cab with some of the passengers, Nicoli has already shot a policeman on the train. If the conductor had seen Nicoli go past him, he should then be suspicious of him and take care in approaching him. Alternatively, if the conductor had walked past the shot policeman whilst making his way to the front of the train, and didn't encounter the shooter before reaching the front, it would be clear that he is in the driver's cab and should not be approached. To then approach Nicoli who is holding a gun - especially after being told to keep back - is incredibly reckless.

Crazy Credits

The 20th-Century Fox logo fades in in black and white and then dissolves to color.

Alternate Versions

A Dolby Digital 5.1 surround remix was created for the 2001 2-disc Special Edition DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. Aside from creating stereo effects from the original mono elements, all the gunshots were replaced with more contemporary sound effects.


Everybody Gets to Go to the Moon
(1969) (uncredited)
Written by
Jimmy Webb
Performed by The Three Degrees in the club


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