History Film / TheFrenchConnection

4th Dec '17 10:40:54 PM Mdumas43073
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* ChronicallyCrashedCar: The front ends of the NYPD's 1966 Chevy Biscaynes are quite bashed up.[[note]] 1966 was the only year in TheSixties in which the NYPD bought Chevys[[/note]] Justified for being five-year-old New York police cars.

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* ChronicallyCrashedCar: The front ends of the NYPD's 1966 Chevy Biscaynes are quite bashed up.[[note]] 1966 was the only year in TheSixties in which the NYPD bought Chevys[[/note]] Chevys.[[/note]] Justified for being five-year-old New York police cars.
4th Dec '17 10:40:36 PM Mdumas43073
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* ChronicallyCrashedCar: The front ends of the NYPD's 1966 Chevy Biscaynes are quite bashed up [[note]] 1966 was the only year in TheSixties NYPD bought Chevys[[/note]]. Justified for being five-year-old New York police cars.

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* ChronicallyCrashedCar: The front ends of the NYPD's 1966 Chevy Biscaynes are quite bashed up up.[[note]] 1966 was the only year in TheSixties in which the NYPD bought Chevys[[/note]]. Chevys[[/note]] Justified for being five-year-old New York police cars.
4th Dec '17 10:38:11 PM Mdumas43073
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* EnemyEatsYourLunch: Nicoli casually breaking off a piece of the Marseille detective's baguette loaf to munch on after gunning him down in the opening scene.

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* EnemyEatsYourLunch: Nicoli casually breaking breaks off a piece of the Marseille detective's baguette loaf to munch on after gunning him down in the opening scene.
12th Oct '17 11:23:35 AM Malady
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* ShoutOut: The white straw hat in Popeye's back car window when he's on duty is to ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid

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* ShoutOut: The white straw hat in Popeye's back car window when he's on duty is to ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKidFilm/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid
24th Aug '17 9:11:42 PM KenKevinStriker
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* ShoutOut: The white straw hat in Popeye's back car window when he's on duty is to ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid
16th Apr '17 2:26:50 PM WoozyJack
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The film's success actually led to an odd little pseudo-SharedUniverse of films, mainly by virtue of being based on the same real-life case. The success of the film led to one true sequel, the entirely fictional ''The French Connection II'', with Doyle heading to Marseille in the hopes that his first-hand recognition of Charnier will help put pressure on the manufacturing end of the line. ''Film/PopeyeDoyle'', a [[RecycledTheSeries TV pilot movie]] was made in 1986, with Creator/EdONeill as [[TheOtherDarrin Doyle]]. ''Film/TheSevenUps'' is a SpiritualSuccessor starring Roy Scheider as an {{Expy}} of Cloudy Russo. Finally, in 2014 Cédric Jiminez made ''La French''[[note]]Called ''[[MarketBasedTitle The Connection]]'' in Anglophone countries.[[/note]], based on the same case, [[POVSequel but covering the events on the Marseille end.]]

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The film's success actually led to an odd little pseudo-SharedUniverse of films, mainly by virtue of being based on the same real-life case. The success of the film led to one true sequel, the entirely fictional ''The French ''French Connection II'', II'' (1975), with Doyle heading to Marseille in the hopes that his first-hand recognition of Charnier will help put pressure on the manufacturing end of the line. ''Film/PopeyeDoyle'', a [[RecycledTheSeries TV pilot movie]] was made in 1986, with Creator/EdONeill as [[TheOtherDarrin Doyle]]. ''Film/TheSevenUps'' is a SpiritualSuccessor starring Roy Scheider as an {{Expy}} of Cloudy Russo. Finally, in 2014 Cédric Jiminez made ''La French''[[note]]Called ''[[MarketBasedTitle The Connection]]'' in Anglophone countries.[[/note]], based on the same case, [[POVSequel but covering the events on the Marseille end.]]
7th Mar '17 2:34:55 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AluminiumChristmasTrees:
** Just in case anyone was wondering about that scene where the traffickers are testing the purity of their merchandise... pure substances (such as heroin) have fixed melting points, but the melting point will become lowered if the substance is impure. So, if the powder tastes like heroin and melts at the right temperature (as determined by a Thiele melting point apparatus in this case), then it's got to be pure heroin. The trafficker's expert [[ShownTheirWork demonstrates all the salient points of the lab procedure]], even displaying the mineral oil bottle just to show us that he's using the usual heat transfer medium. On top of that, real heroin was used for that scene.
** Also, the entire plot is based on the real "French connection" case where raw Turkish opium was processed into heroin in Marseilles before coming to the US. Many other countries have also served as drug middlemen.
* AntiClimax: Frog One at the very, very end of the sequel. This being TheSeventies, when Doyle catches up with the Frenchman - after being humiliated and tortured for two ''long'' films - [[spoiler:he calls out his name and shoots him. Twice. Cut to credits. It takes all of four seconds.]]



* ArchEnemy: Alain Charnier to Popeye Doyle.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: After Russo's been stabbed, Popeye Doyle wants to run the suspect in for that, for drug possession, "and for picking your feet in Poughkeepsie!"



* BigBad: Alain Charnier.



* BrooklynRage: The French heroin ring is running all smooth and flawless, until a couple of NYPD narcs decide to wreck their shit.



* DamageProofVehicle: When Doyle drives recklessly to catch a suspect travelling to a nearby station in Manhattan. The car narrowly misses dozens of vehicles and pedestrians, and makes it without a scratch.
* DarkenedBuildingShootOut: The climax features one of these.
* DeadfootLeadfoot: Coke, the El Train driver gets shot, causing the train to speed up.



* DrivingADesk: Averted. The car chase was shot entirely on location and mostly in one take. There were even a few unscripted collisions with other vehicles.



* IncrediblyObviousTail: The film goes to some trouble to show how a real life tail should be conducted (even so Doyle is successfully evaded by the Frenchman on the subway).



* InTheBack: Popeye Doyle shoots a man in the back. The real Popeye objected to this portrayal at first but eventually learned to accept it under the RuleOfCool.



* TheNoodleIncident: Mulderig resents Doyle for a past case (which we never learn the details of) when one of his hunches got another cop killed.

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* TheNoodleIncident: NoodleIncident: Mulderig resents Doyle for a past case (which we never learn the details of) when one of his hunches got another cop killed.killed.
* OdessaSteps: Two moments: a mother pushing a baby carriage being shot and so releasing it, plus a shoot-out down a staircase.



* ReCut: William Friedkin re-worked the film for its Blu Ray release by putting the film through a digital intermediate and tinting the colors to blue to create a more neo-noir look. Fans of the film were not pleased.



** ''Film/PopeyeDoyle'', a 1986 PilotMovie for a prospective TV series starring Ed O'Neill, picks up right where it leaves off.

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** ''Film/PopeyeDoyle'', a 1986 PilotMovie for a prospective TV series starring Ed O'Neill, Creator/EdONeill, picks up right where it leaves off.off.
* SequelGoesForeign: ''French Connection II'' has Popeye Doyle in France.


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* TrainEscape: A subway variant occurs, ending with Charnier waving goodbye to Popeye.


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* UnbuiltTrope: Popeye Doyle is ''Series/TheShield'''s Vic Mackey before Vic Mackey goes against the books, quick to jump the leash, and at least a little bigoted. And what happens when he goes in guns blazing in the final DarkenedBuildingShootout? [[spoiler:He kills a police contact, providing enough chaos for the kingpin to get away, and a WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue explains that he ended up getting transferred out of Narcotics for the clusterfuck.]]
16th Feb '17 9:12:18 AM Hellofish
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''The French Connection'', a 1971 crime thriller film directed by Creator/WilliamFriedkin, written by [[Film/{{Shaft}} Ernest Tidyman]] and produced by Phillip D'Antoni, is the tale of NYC cop "Popeye" Doyle (Creator/GeneHackman) and his partner, "Cloudy" Russo (Roy Scheider). One day, they stumble upon a huge shipment of heroin from France. The trail leads to notorious drug kingpin, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey). {{Car Chase}}s [[HilarityEnsues ensue.]]

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''The French Connection'', a 1971 crime thriller film directed by Creator/WilliamFriedkin, written by [[Film/{{Shaft}} Ernest Tidyman]] and produced by Phillip D'Antoni, is the tale of NYC cop Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Creator/GeneHackman) and his partner, partner, Buddy "Cloudy" Russo (Roy Scheider). One day, they stumble upon a huge shipment of heroin from France. The trail leads to notorious drug kingpin, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey). {{Car Chase}}s [[HilarityEnsues ensue.]]
8th Feb '17 9:37:46 PM Mdumas43073
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* AntiHero: Popeye Doyle, full stop.
8th Feb '17 9:20:18 PM Mdumas43073
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* FruitCart: Popeye crashes through some garbage cans during the car chase.

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* FruitCart: Popeye Doyle crashes through some garbage cans during the car chase.chase.
* GoodCopBadCop: Doyle and Russo use this on the dealer they chase down at the start of the film.
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