French Connection II

French Connection II

John Frankenheimer (1975)

X Certificate


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John Frankenheimer's sequel to The French Connection may be less believable than its predecessor, but it's still a cracking thriller. Here, New York cop "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman brilliantly reprising his Oscar-winning role from the original) travels to Marseille in search of heroin-tsar Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) - who escaped at the end of the previous film - but blunders into the French operation to uncover his old adversary's drugs ring. There's a disturbing sequence that details Hackman's withdrawal after being forcibly addicted, but after that it's revenge and violence all the way.


Hard-nosed New York narcotics cop Popeye Doyle pursues a drug dealer to his lair in Marseille. However, he soon lives to regret his decision when he is captured by the criminal and subjected to a cruel revenge by being forcibly addicted to heroin. John Frankenheimer's thriller sequel, starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson, Jean-Pierre Castaldi and Charles Millot.

Cast & Crew

"Popeye" Doyle Gene Hackman
Alain Charnier Fernando Rey
Barthélemy Bernard Fresson
Raoul Diron Jean-Pierre Castaldi
Miletto Charles Millot
Old lady Cathleen Nesbitt
Old pro Pierre Collet
Jacques Philippe Léotard
Brigadier Brian Ed Lauter
Young tail Alexandre Fabre
Inspector Genevoix Jacques Dynam
Dutch captain Raoul Delfosse
Manfredi Patrick Floersheim
Director John Frankenheimer
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Other Information

Language: English / FrenchColourTheatrical distributor: Fox-RankGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray