New York City detectives "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five academy Awards in 1971 including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Gene Hackman.
French Connection 11:
Gene Hackman reprises his Oscar winning role as Popeye Doyle, the hard nosed New York detective determined to break a French narcotics ring. Kidnapped by heroin kingpin Alain Charnier ( fernando Rey) in Marseilles, Doyle is mercilessly forced to become a junkie himself.Upon his release , Doyle must kick his habit and join forces with his french police counterpart ( Bernard Fresson) to hunt down Charnier. Gritty action, riveting performances and a vivedly realistic setting make French Connection 11 a powerful sequel to the brilliant original.