French Connection II
This goes without saying, but if you haven’t seen William Friedkin’s The French Connection, make sure you see The French Connection. However, if you have seen that film, but are wary about its 1975 sequel, I’m here to tell you not to be. John Frankenheimer’s French Connection II is its own beast, told in a different style than that of Friedkin’s, but at times, it’s just as intense, featuring what may be the best performance of Gene Hackman’s career.
After failing to capture drug kingpin “Frogman” in New York, “Popeye” Doyle (Hackman) follows him to France where miscommunication and a lack of cooperation nearly prove fatal. Whereas the original showcased a groundbreaking car chase, this follow-up captures an exhausting chase-on-foot during its climax, with a most satisfying conclusion.