The Connection


The Connection

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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.



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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) Drafthouse


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 (71) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (15)

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

    Jul 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.

    Jun 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.

    Jun 11, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    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.

    Jun 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | 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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