The French Connection
Tough-as-nails narcotics detective "Popeye" Doyle and his partner, Russo, are in hot pursuit of a suave French drug dealer who may be the key to a multimillion-dollar heroin-smuggling operation in this classic crime thriller inspired by true events.
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- William Friedkin
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1972 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama)
- Best Director (Motion Picture)
- Best Motion Picture (Drama)
- Top 100 Thrills
- Top 100 Movies
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; scene specific commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider; audio commentary by director William Friedkin; trailer.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English SDH, English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; deleted scenes; additional featurettes.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The French Connection is a 1971 movie that is filled with frequent profanity (including "f--k"), violence, and questionable behavior. The two lead characters, NYPD detectives, are in more of an antihero vein: racists, drinkers, smokers, and womanizers who engage in law-enforcement practices that don't seem entirely by the book. One of the detectives tells the other "Never trust a ["N" word]." In two instances of violence, a character is shot in the face at close range, and two bodies are in a car covered in blood in the aftermath of an accident. There are drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. A police detective finds his partner in his apartment handcuffed to his bed after sex. A woman's naked buttocks are shown. Overall, though, it's undeniably one of the all-time great films and one that set the standard for cop movies for decades to come.
- Sexual Content
- A police detective finds his partner in his apartment handcuffed to his bed after sex. A woman's naked buttocks are shown.
- A man is shot in the face at close range. Dead bodies covered in blood are inside a car in the aftermath of an accident. Gunfights. Knife fights. A police officer is killed in a subway.
- Frequent profanity. A police detective tells his partner, "Never trust a ["N" word]." Variations of "f--k." "S--t."
- Social Behavior
- Though it's certainly a classic film, there really are no positive messages to take away from it.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters drink and smoke cigarettes. A bag of heroin is given a "heroin-purity test."
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it