The Connection

  • 1962
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Eight drug addicts gather in a Manhattan loft to wait for their connection. To pay for their drugs, they have agreed to allow Dunn, a would-be documentary filmmaker, to photograph them. Film within a film records their conversation, reflections, and an impromptu jam session involving four of the junkies who are musicians. The "connection" arrives with a...read more

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Eight drug addicts gather in a Manhattan loft to wait for their connection. To pay for their drugs, they have agreed to allow Dunn, a would-be documentary filmmaker, to photograph them. Film within a film records their conversation, reflections, and an impromptu jam session involving

four of the junkies who are musicians. The "connection" arrives with a soldier from the Salvation Army, who suspects the addicts are drinking and beats a hasty retreat. Dunn is then persuaded to try some heroin so that he will have a deeper understanding of the subject of his film, and he becomes

violently ill.

This film was considered a tour de force for choreographer-turned-director Clarke, who heretofore had specialized in prize-winning shorts. It is a jolting look at the drug crowd. The characters get laughs with their crisp lingo and wry wit, showing them to be acceptable types one can empathize

with. There are no phony dramatics here.

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