Film based on a true story of catching bad guys transported drugs from France to USA during winter of 1961 by NYC policeman. In the beginning of 1962 Manhattan police unit was able to intercept a fifty pounds drugs load value of $32 million in Harlem. This investigation formed the basis of William Friedkin`s iconic movie – «The French Connection».
Friedkin created intense, full of stress and lot of realistic details film which combined the traits of the crime drama and thriller. Intriguing story fitted in atmosphere of dirty dangerous New York streets in earlier 60`s.
The placename «Harlem» goes from the Dutch town Harulahem which took its title from word Haaro-heim. Literally it means «high place on a sand covered with trees»
Almost 30 criminal gangs of Afro-Americans were interacting in Harlem in 1930`s. The leader of one of the powerful group was a woman — Stephanie St. Clair. Every gang took under control nearly 20 blocks of the neighborhood.