The Connection (2015)



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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, drug content and language)
Genre: Documentary, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Cédric Jimenez, Audrey Diwan
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as Pierre Michel

as Gaëtan "Tany" Zampa

as Jacqueline Michel

as Christiane Zampa

as José Alvarez

as The Banker

as Franky Manzoni

as Marco Da Costa

as Lucien Aimé-Blanc

as Ange Mariette

as Gaston Deferre

as Jean Paci

as Fabrizio Mandonato

as Charles Peretti
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Critic Reviews for The Connection

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

A common problem in crime-centric movies: The bad guys are almost always more fascinating than the good guys... Dujardin's bull-necked, hard-charging performance makes Pierre a worthy adversary.

Full Review… | May 22, 2015
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Jimenez's sprawling cat-and-mouse thriller loses momentum and focus in the homestretch, but until then its '70s sun-and-sin-on-the-Côte d'Azur vibe is electric.

Full Review… | May 15, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
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Despite the pedestrian screenplay (by Jimenez and Audrey Diwan), Dujardin and Lellouche are magnetic performers who slip easily into their antagonistic roles.

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

How can you dislike a film that signals a killing with "Bang Bang" and a villain with "The Snake"?

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

Jimenez, making his second feature, fails to provide the regular jolts of electricity this material needs.

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
AV Club
Top Critic

The film is engaging, propulsive, cut with rare brio, chockablock with consummate tough-guy business.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
Village Voice
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