The French Connection (1971)
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Directed by: William Friedkin
Starring: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider
The French Connection ranked # 70 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
The French Connection is a 1971 Hollywood film directed by William Friedkin. The film was adapted by Ernest Tidyman from the non-fiction book by Robin Moore.
The film tells the story of two New York City policemen who are trying to intercept a heroin shipment coming in from France. It is based on the actual, infamous "French Connection" trafficking scheme. It stars Gene Hackman (as porkpie hat-wearing New York City police detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle), Roy Scheider (as his partner Sonny), and Fernando Rey. It also features Eddie Egan and Sonny "Cloudy" Grosso, the real-life police detectives on whom Hackman's and Scheider's characters were based.
It was the first R-rated movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since the introduction of the MPAA film rating system. It also won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, (Gene Hackman), Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Roy Scheider), Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
In 2005 the film was added to the list of films preserved in the United States National Film Registry.
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