U.S., 1971, 104 min, DCP, Dir. William Friedkin, Rated R, 20th Century Studios
"The French Connection is routinely included...on the short list of movies with the greatest chase scenes of all time. What is not always remembered is what a good movie it is apart from the chase scene." —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book expletives. POW! ZOWIE!" —Jay Cocks, Time
Selected by Mitchell Kaplan
Two narcotics detectives, "Popeye" Doyle and his partner Buddy Russo (Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider), start to close in on a vast international narcotics ring when the smugglers unexpectedly strike back. Following an attempt on his life by one of the smugglers, Doyle sets off a deadly pursuit that ultimately takes him far beyond mere New York City limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its iconic chase scene, won five Academy Awards, including best picture and Best Actor for Gene Hackman.
Steven Krams, cinema founder and president, and Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books owner and cinema board member, welcome you to a year-long program featuring their all-time favorite movies.