Gene Hackman reprises his Oscar-winning role as Popeye Doyle, the hard-nosed New York detective determined to break a French narcotics ring. Kidnapped by heroin kingpin Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) in Marseilles, Doyle is mercilessly forced to become a junkie himself. Upon his release, Doyle must kick his habit and join forces with his French police counterpart (Bernard Fresson) to hunt down Charnier.
The 2nd as good as the first
- French Connection II review by PT
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Popeye is back, sent to France as he is the only man who can identify chanier (Fernando Ray). Right from the off Popeye doesn't fit in with the French policing methods, wanting to go NewYork style. But, when in Rome......
After being forced into a junkie, a half dead Popeye is thrown outside police headquarters. Not wanting any leaks or scandal, Popeye is locked in a cell to do cold turkey, against his wishes. Hackman's acting whilst doing cold turkey is incredible, I guarantee the images will stay with you.
For me the ending of this film is right up there with the best endings ever. Fighting flash backs, exhausted, but never giving up. Real cool movie.