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French Connection II (1975)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 21 May 1975 (USA)
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"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Alexander Jacobs (screenplay), Robert Dillon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Doyle
Fernando Rey ... Alain Charnier
Bernard Fresson ... Barthélémy
Philippe Léotard ... Jacques (as Philippe Leotard)
Ed Lauter ... General Brian
Charles Millot ... Miletto
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Raoul (as Jean - Pierre Castaldi)
Cathleen Nesbitt ... 'The Old Lady' / The Old Lady
Samantha Llorens Samantha Llorens ... Denise
André Penvern ... Bartender
Reine Prat Reine Prat ... Young Girl on the Beach
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse ... Dutch Captain
Luang Ham Chau Luang Ham Chau ... Japanese Captain (as Ham Chau Luong)
Jacques Dynam ... Inspector Genevoix
Malek Kateb Malek Kateb ... Algerian Chief (as Malek Eddine)
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Storyline

New York narcotics detective Popeye Doyle follows the trail of the French connection smuggling ring to France where he teams up with the gendarmes to hunt down the ringleader. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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This is the Climax. Gene Hackman continues his Academy Award winning role. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contacto en Francia II See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,340,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,484,444

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,484,444
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After this film, "20th Century Fox" were planning a third "French Connection" movie. Gene Hackman was going to play "Popeye" Doyle once again and he was going to be teamed with comedian Richard Pryor as his on-screen partner. Planned for release in 1979, the movie never happened. See more »

Goofs

During the first bar scene, Popeye Doyle's drink goes from a small shot to a nearly full glass and back again during his attempted conversation with the French bartender. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy 'Popey' Doyle: I'd rather be a lamppost in New York than the King of France.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: MARSEILLES See more »

Alternate Versions

For the first few showings of the film, it was approximately 8 minutes longer. 20th Century Fox took out a couple of scenes without director John Frankenheimer's consent. One scene involved Doyle and the girl who played beach volleyball. This footage has yet to be found, and was not included on the 2001 DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Ronin: Filming in the Fast Lane (1998) See more »

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Brilliant.
19 December 1999 | by Adam FrischSee all my reviews

I actually saw this one before seeing the first. Now that I've seen both several times, I must admit that rarely have I seen a better follow up. Gene Hackman is brilliant in this cat and mouse chase in the french town of Marseilles. Especially his acting in the cold turkey scenes are just amazing. It's a sad fact that they don't do these types of movies anymore. Today it's all about overloading your senses, thinking that more is always better. This is a masterpiece in sparingly used soundeffects, music and cinematography. If you've seen the first one, make sure to see this one. At all cost.


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