The French Connection

  • Dir: William Friedkin

  • USA, 1971, 104minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

The greatest chase scene alone is sufficient in making this thriller a timeless classic, yet its electrifying achievement is much more than its striking action sequences. The exhilarating performance from Oscar Best Actor Gene Hackman compels audience to identify with a vicious, bigoted New York cop, whose obsession and actions in capturing the drug smugglers subvert ethical resolution. Drawing its momentum from hard-edged realism and pseudo-documentary aesthetic, William Friedkin mixes “gritty authenticity” with movement, violence and suspense in a complicated plot that is at once physically stimulating and psychologically frightening. Sweeping five Oscars, The French Connection has set a style that becomes a staple of neo-noir and the crime thriller genre.

1972 Academy Awards, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing

10.6.2018 (SUN): Post-screening talk with Bryan Chang


In-theatre Screening


1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

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