The French Connection

The French Connection

  • R
  • 1971
  • 104 min
  • USA
  • action, crime, drama

Tough narcotics detective "Popeye" Doyle is in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a huge heroin-smuggling operation.

Director: William Friedkin

Screenwriter: Ernest Tidyman

Stars: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider

Philip D'Antoni won 1972 Academy Awards Award for Best Picture

Realistic, fast-paced and uncommonly smart, The French Connection is bolstered by stellar performances by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, not to mention William Friedkin's thrilling production.


  • William Friedkin
    William Friedkin

    William Friedkin is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. Some of his other films include Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A., Jade,

Main Cast


Producer: Philip D'Antoni

Editor: Gerald B. Greenberg

Casting: Robert Weiner

Director Of Photography: Owen Roizman

Original Music Composer: Don Ellis

Costume Design: Joseph Fretwell III

Executive Producer: G. David Schine

Associate Producer: Kenneth Utt

Sound: Theodore Soderberg, Chris Newman


Source: based on the book by Robin Moore

Tagline: There are no rules and no holds barred when Popeye cuts loose!

Genres: action, crime, drama, thriller

Certificate: R

Categories: heroin, drug dealer, narcotics investigation, organized crime, crime boss, new york city, marseilles france, tough cop, drug lord, police partner, narcotics cop, hitman, police chase, drug smuggling, drug purity testing, mob boss, french connection, suitcase of money, pursuit, boot fetish, rogue cop, informer, drugs, nightclub, ankle holster, subway train, auto auction, good cop bad cop


Year: 1971

Runtime: 104 min

Country: USA

Language: English, French

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1

Sound Mix: Mono

Also Known As

  • Il braccio violento della legge (IT)
  • French Connection - Brennpunkt Brooklyn (DE)
  • Contacto en Francia (MX)
  • Contra el imperio de la droga (ES)
  • Operação França (BR)
  • Kovaotteiset miehet (FI)


  • Gene Siskel (Chicago Tribune)

    There is only one problem with the excitement generated by this film. After it is over, you will walk out of the theater and, as I did, curse the tedium of your own life. I kept looking for someone who I could throw up against a wall.

  • Tim Brayton (Alternate Ending)

    One of the films that laid out a roadmap for how '70s cinema might go, and it is to the medium's benefit that it followed that map.

  • Kevin Maher (Times (UK))

    It's hard to imagine it now, but there are only two types of cop movie: pre and post-The French Connection. That's how big it is.

  • Peter Bradshaw (Guardian)

    To watch The French Connection now is to experience the shock of the old: a lost world of the city, and a lost style of film-making.