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The French Connection


Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco View All


William Friedkin (Director), Ernest Tidyman (Screenplay) View All

Released: Oct. 7th, 1971
Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes
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.
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To the characters themselves, and I found Hackman's Jimmy Doyle to be a fairly unmemorable character, certainly not a patch on Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan character from the Dirty Harry films - just my opinion, though, and I'm sure some will disagree with that.
Gene Hackman is decent enough as the lead detective who's flawed enough that your sympathy for his crime-fighting cause is basically the only thing there is to like about him, which was probably the point but does seem a double-edged sword.
The movie stars Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider as two cops.