The French Connection
is a 1971 film
which tells the story of two New York City
policemen who are trying to intercept a heroin
shipment coming in from France
. It stars Gene Hackman
, Fernando Rey[?]
, Roy Scheider
, Tony Lo Bianco[?]
and Eddie Egan[?]
(the real-life policeman on whom Hackman's character was based.)
It was adapted by Ernest Tidyman[?] from the novel by Robin Moore[?]. It was directed by William Friedkin[?].
It won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role, (Gene Hackman), Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Roy Scheider), Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
The French Connection is the first R-rated movie to win Best Picture. Midnight Cowboy had won in 1969, but it was X-rated at the time.
The movie was followed in 1975 by a sequel, The French Connection 2[?]. In 1986, a television movie, Popeye Doyle[?], appeared.
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