The French Connection (1971)

The French Connection (46:45) This episode is rated R for some naughty words.

French Connection

Popeye’s here! We wrap up the year with the action-packed Gene Hackman cop thriller. Chasing foreign smack peddlers in the dead of winter and putting the public at risk makes for a complex flick. Hear us! Also, we spend about 5 minutes at the end looking back at our 46 T100P flicks from 2014 and look ahead to 2015’s slate. And order yourself some Sparkplug Coffee!

For The Record: Traffic was released in 2000, so it came out 29 years after The French Connection, not 19 years.

LINKS:

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

Ryan’s vintage French Connection II review

The French Connection on Wikipedia

Links to: Billy Friedkin and Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey and Ernest Tidyman and Owen Roizman

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1971 U.S. Box Office

The movies in the National Film Registry

1971 Academy Award winners and nominees

Oscar acceptance speeches: Hackman and Friedkin

Links to: Dirty Harry and Sorcerer and Jaws and To Live And Die In L.A. and The Wire

YouTube links: Santa chases down a suspect and “Popeye’s here!” and the subway chase and the car chase

Next week, our first podcast of 2015: A Clockwork Orange

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