The French Connection (film)

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1971 American crime action thriller film directed by William Friedkin.

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Ernest Tidyman

American author and screenwriter, best known for his novels featuring the African-American detective John Shaft.

His screenplay for The French Connection garnered him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a Golden Globe Award, a Writers Guild of America Award, and an Edgar Award.

Copacabana (nightclub)

New York City nightclub that has existed in several locations.

Willie Colón performing opening night at the new Copacabana on July 12, 2011 in Times Square, New York City

The nightclub was used as a setting in the films Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Tootsie, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Carlito's Way, The French Connection, Martin and Lewis, Green Book, Beyond the Sea, The Irishman, and One Night in Miami.

Tony Lo Bianco

Italian-American film, stage, and television actor, known for his portrayals of gruff law enforcement figures in crime films.

Lo Bianco in Police Story, 1975

He transitioned to film in the 1970s, starring in the crime film The Honeymoon Killers (1970), William Friedkin's thriller The French Connection (1971), and the crime drama The Seven-Ups (1973).

Marcel Bozzuffi

French film actor.

He appeared as a hitman in the Oscar-winning American film The French Connection.

William Friedkin

American film and television director, producer and screenwriter closely identified with the "New Hollywood" movement of the 1970s.

Friedkin at the 2017 Sitges Film Festival
Friedkin, c. undefined 1970
Friedkin at Festival Deauville, France, 2012
Friedkin and Sherry Lansing at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2012

Beginning his career in documentaries in the early 1960s, he directed the crime thriller film The French Connection (1971), which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director, and the supernatural horror film The Exorcist (1973), which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director.

Action film

Film genre in which the protagonist is thrust into a series of events that typically involve violence and physical feats.

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Douglas Fairbanks in the 1922 film Robin Hood
John Cena in the 2006 American action film The Marine
Actor Sylvester Stallone starred as a troubled Vietnam war vet who becomes a "one man army" in the popular Rambo action films.

During the 1970s, gritty detective stories and urban crime dramas began to evolve and fuse themselves with the new "action" style, leading to a string of maverick police officer films, such as Bullitt (1968), The French Connection (1971) and The Seven-Ups (1973).

Crime film

Film genre inspired by and analogous to the crime fiction literary genre.

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Humphrey Bogart in The Petrified Forest (1936)

Police procedurals focus on the police who investigate the actions of criminals, with examples such as He Walked By Night, In the Heat of the Night, Madigan, and The French Connection.

Eddie Egan

American actor and police detective.

Egan (right) with Mike Connors in the Mannix episode "The Open Web", 1972

He was the subject of the nonfiction book The French Connection and its 1971 film adaptation.

The French Connection (book)

Nonfiction book by Robin Moore first published in 1969 about the notorious "French Connection" drug-trafficking scheme.

First edition

The book was adapted to film in 1971 as The French Connection, written by Ernest Tidyman and directed by William Friedkin.

Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle

Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) in The French Connection (1971)

Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle is a fictional character portrayed by actor Gene Hackman in the films The French Connection (1971) and its sequel, French Connection II (1975), and by Ed O'Neill in the 1986 television film Popeye Doyle.