French Connection II (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 59 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: February 24, 2009
- Originally Released: 1975
- Label: 20Th Century Fox
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- DTS Master Audio 5.1 - English
- Mono - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Interviews: A Conversation with Gene Hackman
- Audio Commentary: Director John Frankenheimer
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailers: Fox On Blu-ray, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE OMEN, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Galleries: Still Galleries
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson & Cathleen Nesbitt|
|Directed by||John Frankenheimer|
|Edited by||Tom Rolf|
|Screenwriting by||Alexander Jacobs, Robert Dillon & Laurie Dillon|
|Composition by||Don Ellis|
|Art Direction by||Gerard Viard|
|Produced by||Robert L. Rosen|
|Director of Photography:||Claude Renoir|
Rating: 2.5/4 -- The last ten minutes are the best thing about it (that final shot is one of the best of the '70s), and it's no coincidence that in this ten minutes Frankenheimer returns to his technician passions. Full Review
Film Freak Central
Rating: 2.5/4 -- I kept wondering why French Connection II hadn't stayed on location in New York, where Popeye belonged, instead of going to Marseille, a place it's patently clear no sane superior would ever send him. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- may wrap up the story the original began, but it just doesn't have the same magic
Rating: B+ -- John Frankenheimer's ("The Manchurian Candidate") version outshines William Friedkin's 1971 original. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
While it certainly is a couple of notches below its action classic original, French Connection II is still a darned good action film that maintains the core of its central character and has some added layers that are genuinely disturbing. Full Review
Rating: 73/100 -- If you take away comparisons with the original, it's a reasonably solid, if flawed, crime thriller; but it does shrink into the shadow cast by its vastly superior predecessor.
Rating: 4/5 -- Nearly as high powered and gritty as the first 'Connection.'
Gene Hackman stars as hard-boiled New York narcotics cop Popeye Doyle in the sequel to the Oscar-winning FRENCH CONNECTION. Still on the trail of heroin kingpin Charnier (Fernando Rey), whom he's dubbed Frog One, Doyle heads for Marseilles. On arrival, his aggressive ugly-American persona alienates French inspector Barthelmy (Bernard Fresson), and his limited ability to speak French doesn't help. Frustrated by Barthelmy's lack of progress, he slips his assigned police protection and goes looking for Frog One on his own. He's soon captured by Charnier's minions, who lock him in a fleabag hotel and shoot him up repeatedly with free samples of their product until Doyle is completely addicted. Charnier uses the detective's narcotized state to interrogate him and is surprised to find that he's virtually ignorant about his operation. The disdainful Charnier has him dumped in front of police headquarters, and Barthemy arranges for him to be put in isolation. Doyle undergoes the lengthy, grueling ordeal of quitting heroin cold turkey while his desperation to capture Charnier builds inside him. Hackman's brilliant performance highlights this somewhat overlooked sequel; Claude Renoir's camera fully captures the squalor of the milieu, and Frankenheimer engineers a harrowing final chase.
Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:
Gene Hackman returns in his Oscar award-winning role as the hard-hitting detective Popeye Doyle. Doyle travels to Marseilles in pursuit of the heroin dealers who he hit, but failed to kill in New York. In the south of France, he is kidnapped by the dealers and forced to become as addict in captivity. But Popeye is too tough to be beaten and when he is finally set free, he quits the junk cold turkey and undergoes an agonizing withdrawal. After he comes clean, he goes after his enemy Charnier, the heroin dealing king pin, played by Fernando Rey. He burns down the hotel where he was held hostage, survives a shootout and finally does away with his enemies once and for all. With its tension-filled action, inspired chases, inexhaustible excitement and Hackman's superb performance, French Connection ll is every bit as good, if not better, than the original.
Action | Thieves | Detectives | Drugs | Substance Abuse | Cops | Theatrical Release | Sequel | Essential Cinema
- Shooting location: Marseilles, France.
- For the scenes of Hackman walking around Marseilles, Frankenheimer hid the camera crew in a van, to get spontaneous reactions from passers by to the actor.
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