The French Connection

French Connection
Action, Crime, Drama
1971

Director: William Friedkin Cast: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frédéric de Pasquale, Bill Hickman, Ann Rebbot, Harold Gary, Alrene Farber, Eddie Egan, André Ernotte, Sonny Grosso, Benny Marino, Patrick McDermott

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gene Hackman); Best Director (William Friedkin); Best Adapted Screenplay (Ernest Tidyman); Best Film Editing

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Roy Scheider); Best Cinematography; Best Sound

I First Saw In: c. 2012

Synopsis: A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

Did You Know? This was the first originally R-rated film to win Best Picture, taking home Oscar gold just two years after the now R-rated Midnight Cowboy. However, the latter was rated X at the time it took home the top prize.

And now a Word from the Guise:
Yet another film that does nothing for me. It’s a lot of chasing people around, standing on sidewalks eating, and aimless dialogue. Why should I care about this film?!

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233