THE FRENCH CONNECTION (Rated: R, 104 mins, 20th Century Fox, Released: October 7, 1971)
Director: William Friedkin, Writers: Ernest Tidyman (Screenplay) Robin Moore (Based on the book by), Producer: Philip D’Antoni, Cinematographer: Owen Roizman, Composer: Don Ellis, Casting: Robert Weiner, Editor: Gerald B. Greenberg
CAST: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco
Nominated for 8 Academy Awards, THE FRENCH CONNECTION took home 5 — including Picture, Director & Actor. Howard Hawks’s biographer, Todd McCarthy, claims that Hawks was a driving force behind the 1971 film that made Hackman a star and put Friedken in the driver’s seat of his career. (His next stop was THE EXORCIST.) IMDb lists the legendary director (Hawks) as an uncredited writer on the film. Friedkin is pretty convincing as he debunks the rumor that Hawks had anything to do with THE FRENCH CONNECTION in this interview.
*Every Monday I watch a classic movie that falls into one of these categories: 1) Have never seen it, or 2) Have never seen it uncut, or 3) Have only seen it once, or 4) Haven’t seen it in a very long time.
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