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The Connection (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The Connection doesn't do itself any favors by forcing comparisons to The French Connection, but it's a reasonably entertaining thriller in its own right.

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Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, THE CONNECTION was entirely shot on 35 mm and is the European flipside to William Friedkin's The French Connection. A stylish, 70's-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing--including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting interrogations--to ensure the crime ring's demise, Zampa's "La French" always seems one step ahead. As La French mounts its retaliation, Michel will be forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to continue waging his war, or ensure his family's safety, before it's too late. (C) Drafthousemore
Rating: R (for strong violence, drug content and language)
Genre: Documentary, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Cédric Jimenez, Audrey Diwan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 29, 2015
Box Office: $0.2M
Runtime:
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Cast

Jean Dujardin
as Pierre Michel
Gilles Lellouche
as Gaëtan "Tany" Zampa
Céline Sallette
as Jacqueline Michel
Mélanie Doutey
as Christiane Zampa
Guillaume Gouix
as José Alvarez
Bruno Todeschini
as The Banker
Moussa Maaskri
as Franky Manzoni
Cyril Lecomte
as Marco Da Costa
Bernard Blancan
as Lucien Aimé-Blanc
Gerard Meylan
as Ange Mariette
Feodor Atkine
as Gaston Deferre
Pierre Lopez
as Jean Paci
Jean-Pierre Sanchez
as Fabrizio Mandonato
Georges Neri
as Charles Peretti
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Critic Reviews for The Connection

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (19)

A byzantine, if ultimately conventional, heroic tale that feels like a guided tour down a familiar alley.

Full Review… | July 3, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's a stylish affair, very solidly made if not exactly breaking new ground in our understanding of events or in the way the movies depict them.

Full Review… | June 11, 2015
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It may prove too slow for some and the meandering can be a little maddening, but overall it's worth the effort.

Full Review… | June 5, 2015
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

It starts with gunshots - a Mercedes and its driver are riddled by motorcycle-riding assassins in broad daylight - and the pace of "The Connection" is bang-bang brisk most of the rest of the way.

Full Review… | June 4, 2015
Seattle Times
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While the story lacks focus here and there, the film never feels overplayed. It's a work of bloody style and solid substance.

Full Review… | June 4, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

"The Connection" isn't all that different from a lot of police procedurals that have come before, but there's something about this particular gritty true-crime story that still fascinates all these years later.

Full Review… | June 4, 2015
Washington Post
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