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The French Connection

USA 1971
Directed by
William Friedkin
104 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4 stars

The French Connection

Although suffering from a couple of shortcomings such as the anti-climactic train crash and the problem of how NYPD mechanics managed to completely rebuild a demolished car in a couple of hours, this remains a classic of the crime/action genre and a benchmark for its time, Friedkin's trademark down-and-dirty realism taking audiences to the underbelly of New York the way Hollywood had not before.BH

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