The French Connection (film)

The French Connection is a 1971 American crime thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip DAntoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The film was adapted and fictionalized by Ernest Tidyman from the 1969 nonfiction book by Robin Moore. It tells the story of New York Police Department detectives, Popeye Doyle and Buddy Cloudy Russo, whose reallife counterparts were Narcotics Detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso. Don Ellis scored the film.

In Marseille, an undercover detective is following Alain Charnier Fernando Rey, a wealthy French criminal who runs the largest heroinsmuggling syndicate in the world. The policeman is assassinated by Charniers hitman, Pierre Nicoli Marcel Bozzuffi. Charnier plans to smugglemillion worth of heroin into the United States by hiding it in the car of his unsuspecting friend, French television personality Henri Devereaux Frdric de Pasquale.In New York City, detectives Jimmy Popeye Doyle Gene Hackman and Buddy Cloudy Russo Roy Scheider are conducting an undercover stakeout in BedfordStuyvesant, Brooklyn. After seeing a drug transaction take place in a bar, Cloudy goes in to make an arrest, but the suspect makes a break for it, cutting Cloudy on the arm with a knife. After catching up with their suspect and severely beating him, the detectives interrogate the man, who reveals his drug connection. ........

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