rench Connection: Filmmaker Signature Series

Hackman, Gene

SKU: 024543793144

UPC 024543793144
Release Date 2012-03-06
Studio 20th Century Fox
Discs 1
Length 104
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis Released in the same year as Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY (1971), William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked the beginning of a new era of gritty, urban police dramas. Here, the theme of tough-cop amorality serves a conservative demand for a police-state crackdown on the domestic chaos and subversive youth culture of the Vietnam War period. The film is based on the true story of two New York City police detectives and their investigation into a French heroin smuggling operation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION is perhaps best known for its infamous, masterfully filmed chase scene (influenced by Peter Yates' BULLITT) in which the lead policeman, Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), recklessly drives a stolen car through oncoming traffic in pursuit of a sniper escaping by elevated train. The thrill of this crime drama is accentuated by director William Friedkin's early European influences, perhaps best represented by the handheld documentary-style visuals and Friedkin's claims that the Oscar-winning screenplay was frequently disregarded in favor of improvisation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked not only a significant change of course for his career, but also a stylistic shift that all of Hollywood would soon follow.Theatrical release: October 9, 1971 Based on events that occurred in 1961. Shot almost entirely on location in New York City, and briefly in Marseilles, France. THE FRENCH CONNECTION is number 70 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. People were allegedly injured during the filming of the famous chase scene. Friedkin is rumored to have shot parts of the chase scene himself.Ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?--Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), spoken to various characters...A best-picture Oscar that really holds up......To watch it now is to appreciate more than ever Gene Hackman's uncompromising talent...William Friedkin brings a new documentary-style grittiness and moral ambiguity to the crime thriller.[With] the Greatest Car Chase Ever Filmed.4 stars out of 5 -- It's one of the most influential and exciting crime movies...[with] a level of grit and realism that is almost impossible to duplicate.THE FRENCH CONNECTION offered a rush of sights and sounds, sweeping the viewer along in a visceral experience.
Cast Fernando Rey (Star)
Bill Hickman (Star)
Marcel Bozzufi (Star)
Philip D'Antoni (Producer)
Sonny Grosso (Star)
Tony Lo Bianco (Star)
Frederic de Pasquale (Star)
Ben Kazaskow (Production Designer)
Jerry Greenberg (Editor)
Owen Roizman (Director of Photography)
Gene Hackman (Star)
Theodore Soderberg (Sound)
Roy Scheider (Star)
Harold Gary (Star)
William Friedkin (Director)
Christopher Newman (Sound)
Ernest Tidyman (Screenwriter)
Ann Rebbot (Star)
Don Ellis (Composer)
Robin Moore (Source Writer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: Commentary by director William Friedkin Commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider Isolated score Track Trivia track Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director William Friedkin Anatomy of a chase Hackman on Doyle Friedkin and Grosso remember the real French Connection Scene of the crime Cop jazz: the music of Don Ellis Rogue cop: the Noir connection Making the Connection: the untold stories of the French Connection Dual Layer Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish Subtitles - English, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.25000
Height 0.25000
Width 5.50000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama
Attribute Audio Described Content,Director Cast Commentary,SensorMatic,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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