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Year
1971
Runtime
104 min.
Director
William Friedkin
Genres
Action, Crime, Thriller
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
65,706
Checks
15,128
Favs
892
Dislikes
77
Favs/checks
5.9% (1:17)
Favs/dislikes
12:1
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  1. nowhereman136's avatar

    nowhereman136

    I was expecting more of a crime thriller with some twist or something. It was slow and straight. It was like a long cat and mouse game with bits of action sprinkled in. 6 years 7 months ago
  2. Marcan's avatar

    Marcan

    Watched it yesterday. Great movie, the only thing I noticed was just how grainy it was. Turns out that the Blu-Ray version was butchered by the director for the re-release. The DP was outraged by this change and disowned the movie.

    For a 2009 reissue on Blu-ray Disc, William Friedkin controversially altered the film's color timing to give it a "colder" look.[17] Cinematographer Owen Roizman, who was not consulted about the changes, dismissed the new transfer as "atrocious".[18]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_French_Connection_(film)#Home_video

    Anyways if you want to buy it, buy it on DVD.
    7 years ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Based on true events and people, this cinema vérité classic juggles procedural and action beats and gives Gene Hackman in particular the chance to play the ultimate cop on the edge, very much the Captain Ahab of crime drama. It's also, I found, a film about people following other people. Not so much a chase movie - though they did try to outdo Bullitt at some point - as it is a tail movie. There's a great tailing sequence between Hackman's Popeye Doyle and supposedly-French villain Alain Charnier (Spaniard Fernando Rey has a terrible accent, I'm sorry), and later, the iconic car-train chase sequence, with more besides. It all ends ambiguously, a tribute to both true events and a particular 70s bleakness. 4 years 11 months ago
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