The French Connection — 1971

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 French Connection - 1971

Even an incredible chase scene under the subway bridge had exceeded a famous prosecution episode in «Bullitt» — 1968. Scene looks like absolutely real unrehearsed action happening in front of you in the middle of a busy street.

In 1972 «The French Connection» received five «Oscars» and three «Golden Globes».

It should be noticed on this ceremony William Friedkin was fighting for victory with guru of world cinematography — Stanley Kubrick and Peter Bogdanovich. The American Film Institute included the film in its list of the best American films in 1998 and than again in 2007. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Libraryof Congress as being «culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.»

In addition to continuing «The French Connection II» directed by John Frankenheimer in 1975, in a middle of 80`s was released television film starring Ed O’Neill — «Popeye Doyle». The character is based on a real-life New York City police detective, Eddie Egan, who also had appeared in The French Connection as Walt Simonson, Popeye’s supervisor.

Director: William Friedkin
Writers:  Ernest Tidyman (screenplay), Robin Moore (based on the book by)
Stars:   Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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