The Connection

2014, Action/Crime, 2h 15m

74 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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In 1970s France, dedicated cop Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) risks his life to crack a heroin ring masterminded by powerful mobster Gaëtan Zampa (Gilles Lellouche).

Cast & Crew

Jean Dujardin
Pierre Michel
Céline Sallette
Jacqueline Michel
Mélanie Doutey
Christiane Zampa
Guillaume Gouix
Jose Alvarez
Féodor Atkine
Gaston Deferre
Moussa Maaskri
Franky Manzoni
Cédric Jimenez
Screenwriter
Audrey Diwan
Screenwriter
Marc Vadé
Executive Producer
Laurent Tangy
Cinematographer
Sophie Reine
Film Editor
Guillaume Roussel
Original Music
Jean-Philippe Moreaux
Production Design
Patrick Schmitt
Art Director
Willy Margery
Production Design
Pascalle Willame
Set Decoration
Carine Sarfati
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Critic Reviews for The Connection

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (17)

  • A more sober exploration of this world would have been more effective in making this case to the skeptics-the very people who need to be convinced if this kind of more holistic thinking is to make inroads into the public at large.

    March 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The movie's strength is in its conception of Michel and Zampa, who develop a destructive rivalry, rooted in their mutual determination to prove their superiority.

    August 4, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A byzantine, if ultimately conventional, heroic tale that feels like a guided tour down a familiar alley.

    July 3, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There is ample photographic evidence that the '70s were not, in fact, the best-looking, coolest decade ever. But you wouldn't know it from watching The Connection.

    June 25, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 11, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It may prove too slow for some and the meandering can be a little maddening, but overall it's worth the effort.

    June 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A more sober exploration of this world would have been more effective in making this case to the skeptics-the very people who need to be convinced if this kind of more holistic thinking is to make inroads into the public at large.

    March 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The movie's strength is in its conception of Michel and Zampa, who develop a destructive rivalry, rooted in their mutual determination to prove their superiority.

    August 4, 2016 | Full Review…
  • A byzantine, if ultimately conventional, heroic tale that feels like a guided tour down a familiar alley.

    July 3, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There is ample photographic evidence that the '70s were not, in fact, the best-looking, coolest decade ever. But you wouldn't know it from watching The Connection.

    June 25, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Lovers of period crime capers and fans of the original Friedkin film should definitely take note. But those new to the considerable history behind the making of the film may feel a bit distanced by Jimenez's approach.

    October 28, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Connection is worth it almost solely on the basis of watching Dujardin and Sallette.

    September 5, 2020 | Rating: 3.0/4.0 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Connection

  • May 02, 2015
    This is a polished French product, as one would expect, even if the personages are a little caricatured. The production is perfectly styled for 1970s Marseille, and the bright, white Mediterranean light and sweeping coastal vistas are superb. The story is gripping on the French drug-busting theme, with some dangerous Italian wit on the side. No film on the French Connection would be complete without a car chase; this one is not what you'd expect. Rather strangely, just as you think that the film is about to end, it starts up again with the characters taking on wholly new aspects, even reversals of who they previously were, as if you are watching not even two episodes of a miniseries stitched together, which perhaps it was designed to be, but a rather disjointed sequel. The ending is most unsatisfactory, as indeed it must have been, if that is what occurred, but it is not surprising. A lot of modern crime fiction and film from Europe today is about the inevitability of corruption and the persistence of the various gangs and clans. It seems then that little has changed, except no doubt to get worse, since the period depicted in this film.
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