The French Connection II (1975)




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This sequel to the Oscar-winning The French Connection picks up almost exactly where the earlier film leaves off. Still on the trail of drug kingpin Frog One (Fernando Rey), narcotics officer "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) leaves his Manhattan stomping grounds and heads for Marseilles. There, Popeye is captured by Frog One's minions, who pump him full of drugs in hopes of turning the cop into a hopeless junkie. After a grueling "cold turkey" treatment, Popeye is up and about and chasing after the villains, determined to mete out justice. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Fernando Rey
as Alain Charnier
Bernard Fresson
as Barthélémy
Charles Millot
as Miletto
Ed Lauter
as General Brian
Cathleen Nesbitt
as Old Lady
Pierre Collet
as Old Pro
Alexandre Fabre
as Young Tail
Jacques Dynam
as Inspector Genevoix
Raoul Delfosse
as Dutch Captain
Hal Needham
as Doyle Kidnapper
Andre Penvern
as Bartender
Daniel Verite
as 1st Guard Hotel Tangers
Jean-Pierre Zola
as Dumpy Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The French Connection II

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (1)

French Connection II, sequel or no, comes off as more of a felt work, and what I make contact with through it is a director.

Full Review… | March 14, 2015
Parallax View

looks lost in space and time

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
Draxblog Movie Reviews

may wrap up the story the original began, but it just doesn't have the same magic

April 1, 2009

The last ten minutes are the best thing about it (that final shot is one of the best of the '70s), and it's no coincidence that in this ten minutes Frankenheimer returns to his technician passions.

Full Review… | March 24, 2009
Film Freak Central

While it certainly is a couple of notches below its action classic original, French Connection II is still a darned good action film that maintains the core of its central character and has some added layers that are genuinely disturbing.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Movie Views

you can't help but feel a sense of disillusionment ... because the finality of it is so harsh and so sudden that it draws your attention less to the idea of justice served than it does to the brute simplicity of violent retribution and the ultimately cycl

Full Review… | March 11, 2009
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Audience Reviews for The French Connection II


Not as exciting as the first installment (at least not until the final 15 minutes of the film), Perhaps too much time was spent on the addiction/recovery aspects of the story, and I did not feel the international political intrigue was played up as well as it might have been. Still, it is a worthy sequel.

Christian C
Christian C

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A great follow up to the first and in many ways just as entertaining. It’s more about Popeye Doyle rather than the case, but that’s basically what I would want. Gene Hackman plays the character so well that you could watch him for hours and not get tired. I love the fact that it actually ties into the first one without becoming dependent on it. While it might have the same look, it’s a very different film. The characters change and it becomes more about revenge. The heroin scenes really do have an effect on you and I think it’s a step that was necessary to make it as gritty as the original. Definitely a great movie that can stand on its own as a crime epic.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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Incredibly grim sequel to one of the best hard-boiled cop movies of the 70s, Popeye Doyle blusters into France to find himself out of his depth and completely ineffectual in this strange land. Add to this the humiliation of being kidnapped and completely broken by the bad guy who deliberately hooks him on heroin, and a wrath-filled vengeance is assured. Sometimes difficult to watch, but a powerful sequel.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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