Brief Review – THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)

The subject of this week’s Opinion Battles poll is “Favourite Best/Supporting Actor Winning Performance” and, while it was a tough decision, I chose Gene Hackman for his Oscar-winning turn as Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in THE FRENCH CONNECTION.

The Film

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1971, THE FRENCH CONNECTION is nothing short of a masterpiece. Based on a true story involving the largest heroin seizure (at that time), the film starred Hackman, Roy Scheider as Doyle’s partner Buddy “Cloudy” Russo, and Fernando Rey as the French drug lord Alain Charnier and was directed by William Friedkin.

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