The French Connection Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The French Connection

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

Script Analysis of The French Connection

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   catching/stopping killer Criminal enemy is...    -   drug dealers If this is a criminal POV story...    -   bad criminals on the run

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   sewers/subways    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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