Now Screening – The French Connection

In honor of legendary actor Gene Hackman’s 88th birthday, we’re screening the classic and one of cinema’s finest gritty New York cop films, The French Connection (1971). There are only a few films that capture the hard edge era of the Big Apple’s streets during that time and The French Connection is in the top 3 and top 2 car chase scenes in cinema history. Based on Robin Moore’s 1969 non-fiction book The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy. It tells the story of New York Police Department detectives Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle and Buddy “Cloudy” Russo, whose real-life counterparts were Narcotics Detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, in pursuit of wealthy French heroin smuggler Alain Charnier. The film stars Gene Hackman as Popeye and co-stars Roy Scheider as Cloudy.

Grab your snacks and pop, sit back and watch Popeye Doyle in action!