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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.
9 years 9 months ago
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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.
7 years 8 months ago
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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.
9 years 4 months ago
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Dieguito

Incredible good action movie! How these kind of movie should ever be, not only impossible jumps, crashes and explosions! A very exciting thriller involving international drug traffic, murder, police chasing! Not boring at all!! Splendid finale (based on a real story!!!)
10 years 1 month ago
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Rosenrotta

The ending is just plain unforgettable. Amazing film.
9 years 6 months ago
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badblokebob

It's a shame the top-rated comment here is primarily about how bad the 2009 Blu-ray is, for two reasons. 1) the problem was never anything to do with grain, which should be there, but the weird revisionist colour timing Friedkin cooked up. And 2) they reissued it in 2012 with a corrected transfer that looks fantastic. No need to stick with DVD when there's such a good Blu-ray available.
1 year 1 month ago
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dantheman89

Don't listen to the haters - if your standard is "Fast and the Furious" you'll be bored by this. "The french connection" is orders of magnitude better.

It's a thriller that make you (at least me) sit on the edge of your seat. No giant explosions, no fantasy hour-long shoot-outs with millions of bullets missing people. In that regard I think it's a fairly realistic movie.
As far as I can tell it's pretty realistic on the whole. The way the cops behaved towards minorities (not cool - but fits with the time), the way the sets looked. Granted I wasn't around in NYC in the 70s but it does do a great job transporting you back then.

Both Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider are interesting characters, Direction and Cinematography are awesome - overall A+ movie
1 year 10 months ago
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george4mon

awesome film! whats with all the hate?
9 years 12 months ago
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rwj

Heard this movie had the best car chase ever. Waited for it the entire movie and at the end found out it was the scene with the train. Granted that the scene is OK, but greatest car chase ever? Not likely... Good ending to the movie but most of the time a bit dull 6/10
10 years 1 month ago
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Forrester

Great crime thriller. It starts off slow, but gets better towards the end. Gene Hackman has a great role in this movie and the chase sequences are very exciting.
10 years 3 months ago
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saydin7

dont like it. directing and cinematograpy were good.
11 years 4 months ago
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mmobeso

90% of the movie is the cops chasing the bad guys so if you love the chase you're gonna love this movie!
6 years 9 months ago
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ajmacrae

Quite a slow paced film, but still very enjoyable.
9 years 3 months ago
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arunraj

I was bored like hell.....what ever it is acclaimed.....I didn't like it...
10 years 2 months ago
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frankqb

Largely remembered for its jaw-dropping car-chase, The French Connection nonetheless deserves some respect for its advances in action film storytelling and the performance by Hackman. A consistently interesting movie that will drag you in again and again.
10 years 8 months ago

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