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!

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

LINKS:

The French Connection on Wikipedia

Roy Scheider on IMDb

Fernando Rey on IMDb

Billy Friedkin on IMDb

Ernest Tidyman on IMDb

Owen Roizman on IMDb

AFI’s Top 100 Heroes & Villains list

AFI’s Top 100 lists

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

French Connection triv

1971 at the U.S. Box Office

1971 Academy Award winners and nominees

Oscar acceptance speeches: Hackman and Friedkin

The car chase on YouTube

Dirty Harry and Sorcerer and Jaws and To Live And Die In L.A. on IMDb

The Wire on IMDb

Ryan’s vintage French Connection II review

The movies in the National Film Registry

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

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