French Connection II
Title: French Connection II
Release year: 1975
Country: United States
Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson
Rating: 3/5

“Popeye” Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York.

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The French Connection
1971
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1986
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A Gritty Descent: French Connection II (1975)

2024-05-11

French Connection II is not your typical sequel. Picking up a few years after the events of the classic “The French Connection,” Gene Hackman reprises his iconic role of Detective “Popeye” Doyle. This time, Doyle chases drug kingpin Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) across the Atlantic to the grimy underbelly of Marseille.

Director John Frankenheimer takes the film in a decidedly different direction than its predecessor. Gone is the fast-paced, documentary-style feel. French Connection II is a slow burn, a character study of a man consumed by his obsession. Hackman delivers a committed performance, channeling Doyle’s relentless pursuit with a manic intensity that borders on self-destruction.

The film’s strength lies in its atmosphere. The sun-drenched streets of Marseille feel as oppressive as the dark corners Doyle navigates. However, the slow pacing and lack of a clear antagonist might leave some viewers wanting. The plot takes a backseat to Doyle’s personal demons, resulting in a film that’s more interested in deconstruction than thrills.

French Connection II is a worthy follow-up for those seeking a deeper exploration of Popeye Doyle. However, those expecting a high-octane crime thriller might find themselves disappointed.

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Alexandre Fabre,Ambroise Perrin,André Penvern,Bernard Fresson,Cathleen Nesbitt,Charles Millot,Daniel Vérité,Ed Lauter,Fernando Rey,Gene Hackman,Hal Needham,Ham Chau Luong,Jacques Dynam,Jean-Marc Allègre,Jean-Pierre Castaldi,Jean-Pierre Zola,Malek Kateb,Manu Pluton,Marie-Christine Descouard,Patrick Bouchitey,Paul Mercey,Philippe Brizard,Philippe Léotard,Pierre Collet,Raoul Delfosse,Reine Prat,Roland Blanche,Samantha Llorens
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