Best Movies by Farr

The French Connection

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What's it About
"Connection" relates the fact-based story of narcotics detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Hackman) and his partner Buddy Russo (Scheider), who use unorthodox means to track down the source of an upcoming heroin influx to New York City. Their obsessive, hard-driving style leads them to a smooth French drug lord (Rey) attempting to smuggle in a huge shipment of dope from Europe. Will they foil his plans?
Why we love it

Hackman's electrifying performance as Popeye Doyle won him an Oscar, and transformed him overnight from supporting player to star. Shot verité-style by director Friedkin, this breathless, spellbinding movie evokes the slightly fraying quality of New York forty-five years ago, when a fiscal crisis loomed. This only adds to the grit and edginess of this intense film — without question, one of the best cop movies ever.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"