Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco
William Friedkin (Director), Ernest Tidyman (Screenplay)
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.
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.