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Alex Film Society Presents THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) STARRING GENE HACKMAN
February 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$8.50 - $12.50
Arguably the greatest American crime film ever made, THE FRENCH CONNECTION stars Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider as two NYPD detectives doggedly pursuing the ringleader of a global heroin smuggling syndicate (Fernando Rey). Based on real characters and loosely mimicking real events, the film rebuffs political correctness to portray a grungy, streetwise view of the mean streets of 1970s New York. Distinguished as the first R-rated film to win the Oscar® for Best Picture, it also took home trophies for director (William Friedkin), best actor (Hackman), adapted screenplay (Ernest Tidyman) and editing (Gerald B. Greenberg). In addition to the Oscar® haul, the film is famous for the most relentless and brain-jangling car chase in cinema history. Also featuring Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, who were the real-life inspiration for the Hackman and Scheider characters, as well as Tony Lo Bianco, Luis Bunuel and Bill Hickman, who also doubled as the film’s fearless stunt driver.
Age Suitability: 18 and older