Iain Gray Freelance Writer

The French Connection - Review

William Friedkin’s thriller remains as riveting and determinedly adult today as it was on release in 1971, coldly scrutinising the processes of both the police and their quarry. 

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Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman), a hard-bitten, bigoted New York narcotics detective, single-mindedly hunts down an urbane drug dealer attempting to import heroin from Marseilles.

Brutal and relentless, the film is essentially an extended chase sequence, given a human heart by Hackman’s Oscar-winning portrayal of a deeply flawed man whose unwavering belief in his own instincts drives him, and those around him, to a bloody Pyrrhic victory.


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