Friday, August 21, 2015

The French Connection - Gene Hackman

Found it in the $5.00 bin at Wal-Mart, that will be the death of me yet. I wasn't sure I would even write this one up. What’s up with the bar scene? "All right, Popeye's here! Get your hands on your heads, get off the bar, and get on the wall!" Two white policemen disrupting an entire bar with large African Americans is so far removed from reality. In the 70s? Though the pill popping in the bar was telling, I guess that was a big thing back then.

Based on a true story, (whatever that means). The real world cops, Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, have walk on parts; now that is cool. One of Gene Hackman's better roles and fun to see him as a young guy. And despite the bar scene, I think it does a pretty good job of portraying on the street police work against big drugs, (forget the candy shops), in that era. One more quote, "And by the time it gets down to nickel bags, it will be worth at least thirty-two million." Perhaps you remember the value of drug busts reported to the media in the 70s.

So far from family friendly it isn't funny, but they do a great job with colorful language. Will I watch it again? Doubtful, goes in the trade-in pile.

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