The French Connection

1971 R 1h 44m Blu-ray / DVD

The French Connection

1971 R 1h 44m Blu-ray / DVD
  • Overview
  • Details
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.
Cast
Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frederic de Pasquale, Bill Hickman, Ann Rebbot, Harold Gary, Arlene Farber
Director
William Friedkin
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Subtitles
English SDH, English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them. R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

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.

Violence

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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