Five Oscars including Best Picture went to The French Connection (1971) based on the true story of New York narcotics detective Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman).
New York cops Popeye (Gene Hackman) and Cloudy (Roy Scheider) in a bar can't help noticing gangsters, especially Sal Boca (Tony Lo Bianco) and decide to give chase, in an early scene from William Friedkin's The French Connection, 1971.
Outrageous first scene for Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) playing Santa and Cloudy Russo (Roy Scheider) posing as a hot-dog man, and chasing a suspect in Brooklyn, in William Friedkin's The French Connection, 1971.
Brief credits then a quick introduction of Charnier (Fernando Rey) in Marseilles, and the stalking of a victim by the mostly unseen Nicoli (Marcel Bozzuffi), from William Friedkin's The French Connection, 1971.
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The French Connection is William Friedkin's gritty, Oscar®-winning police drama where two tough New York City cops try to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. Police partners Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) put a candy store under surveillance based on a hunch that something fishy was going on. Eventually it turns out that the proprietors are involved in one of the biggest narcotics smuggling rings on either side of the Atlantic, and the cops go to work. Popeye Doyle is a short-tempered alcoholic bigot, but he is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer. Doyle's nemesis is Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), a suave and urbane gentleman who is a criminal, and one of the largest suppliers of pure heroin to North America. As money troubles begin for the hoods they decide to kill Popeye and Buddy to give them enough room to bring in the heroin.
New York City detectives Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Hackman.
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