Two cops learn of a big heroin deal about to go down. The suspects are a group of French drug dealers. They continue to investigate and try to stop them from making the deal. They run into trouble, however, because the criminals are smart and there isn't much evidence.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Jack Bauer
Two tough New York City narcotics cops try to intercept a huge shipment of heroin on its way from Marseilles. The story contrasts the short-tempered, alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hardworking and dedicated police officer, Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Hackman), with the suave and urbane French gentleman who is nevertheless a master criminal (Rey). The movie includes perhaps the most celebrated car chase ever filmed (a car racing the elevated train in Brooklyn), whose shooting involved some real, unplanned incidents -- from the near miss with an unknowing woman and her stroller to a crash at Stillwell Avenue and 86th. An actual 1962 drug bust that netted 112 pounds of heroin inspired the story, and the two actual cops involved, Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, appear in the film playing Police Commissioner Walt Simonson and Federal officer Bill Klein, respectively. (They both had further acting careers afterward.) "The French Connection" won the Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay, and Editing Oscars.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus
Hackman and Scheider play NYC cops, in a film about the largest drug bust in US History.
The review of this Movie prepared by Tom Stern