||Original U. S. One sheet printer's proof; untrimmed 30 x 40" film poster for The French Connection. NSS: 71/316.
The French Connection is a 1971 American crime film directed by William Friedkin. The film was adapted and fictionalized by Ernest Tidyman from the non-fiction book by Robin Moore. It tells the story of New York Police Department detectives named "Popeye" Doyle and Buddy Russo, whose real-life counterparts were Narcotics Detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso. Egan and Grosso also appear in the film, as characters other than themselves.
It was the first R-rated movie to win the Academy Award for Best Picture since the introduction of the MPAA film rating system. It also won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gene Hackman), Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Ernest Tidyman). It was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Roy Scheider), Best Cinematography and Best Sound. Tidyman also received a Golden Globe Award, a Writers Guild of America Award and an Edgar Award for his screenplay.
In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
Gene Hackman as Det. Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle
Fernando Rey as Alain Charnier
Roy Scheider as Det. Buddy 'Cloudy' Russo
Tony Lo Bianco as Salvatore 'Sal' Boca
Marcel Bozzuffi as Pierre Nicoli, Hit Man
Frédéric de Pasquale as Henri Devereaux
Bill Hickman as Bill Mulderig
Ann Rebbot as Mrs. Marie Charnier
Harold Gary as Joel Weinstock
Arlene Farber as Angie Boca
Eddie Egan as Walt Simonson