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)
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  • Gene Hackman in The French Connection (1971)
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Trivia

The most famous shot of the chase is made from a front bumper mount and shows a low-angle point of view shot of the streets racing by. Director of photography Owen Roizman, wrote in American Cinematographer magazine in 1972 that the camera was undercranked to 18 frames per second to enhance the sense of speed. Roizman's contention is borne out when you see a car at a red light whose muffler is pumping smoke at an accelerated rate. Other shots involved stunt drivers who were supposed to barely miss hitting the speeding car, but due to errors in timing accidental collisions occurred and were left in the final film.


Quotes

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?


Goofs

When the cars turn a corner during one of the car chases, we see a tape in the background closing off the street, and a policeman who is watching the shoot.


Crazy Credits

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


Alternate Versions

A "special edition" of The French Connection features several scenes that never made the final cut of the movie. One of these scenes has actor Marcel Bozzuffi being whipped by a topless hooker in his New York City hotel room. The trivia here is that the hooker is played by actress Darby Lloyd Rains who, several years later, would become one of the earliest stars of the adult film industry in such releases as Naked Came the Stranger (1975).


Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by
James Pierpont
Sung by Gene Hackman and the kids

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Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

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