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The French Connection II1975

The French Connection II (1975)




Critic Consensus: Flawed and more conventional than its predecessor, French Connection II still offers a wealth of dynamic action and gritty characterizations.

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This sequel to the Oscar-winning The French Connection picks up almost exactly where the earlier film leaves off. Still on the trail of drug kingpin Frog One (Fernando Rey), narcotics officer "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) leaves his Manhattan stomping grounds and heads for Marseilles. There, Popeye is captured by Frog One's minions, who pump him full of drugs in hopes of turning the cop into a hopeless junkie. After a grueling "cold turkey" treatment, Popeye is up and about and chasing after the villains, determined to mete out justice. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Fernando Rey
as Alain Charnier
Bernard Fresson
as Barthélémy
Ed Lauter
as General Brian
Alexandre Fabre
as Young Tail
Jacques Dynam
as Inspector Genevoix
Raoul Delfosse
as Dutch Captain
Hal Needham
as Doyle Kidnapper
Andre Penvern
as Bartender
Daniel Verite
as 1st Guard Hotel Tangers
Ham Chau Luong
as Japanese Captain
Jean-Pierre Zola
as Dumpy Policeman
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Critic Reviews for The French Connection II

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (1)

I kept wondering why French Connection II hadn't stayed on location in New York, where Popeye belonged, instead of going to Marseille, a place it's patently clear no sane superior would ever send him.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

I believe that The French Connection II is all about the slow-burn chase. And I believe the film succeeds in being its own unique thriller that doesn't mindlessly ape its predecessor.

April 9, 2020 | Full Review…

Oftentimes the plot is sacrificed to an action statement... The acting, however, Is faultless.

December 3, 2019 | Full Review…

French Connection II, sequel or no, comes off as more of a felt work, and what I make contact with through it is a director.

March 14, 2015 | Full Review…

looks lost in space and time

December 17, 2009 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

may wrap up the story the original began, but it just doesn't have the same magic

April 1, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The French Connection II


Not as exciting as the first installment (at least not until the final 15 minutes of the film), Perhaps too much time was spent on the addiction/recovery aspects of the story, and I did not feel the international political intrigue was played up as well as it might have been. Still, it is a worthy sequel.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


A great follow up to the first and in many ways just as entertaining. It’s more about Popeye Doyle rather than the case, but that’s basically what I would want. Gene Hackman plays the character so well that you could watch him for hours and not get tired. I love the fact that it actually ties into the first one without becoming dependent on it. While it might have the same look, it’s a very different film. The characters change and it becomes more about revenge. The heroin scenes really do have an effect on you and I think it’s a step that was necessary to make it as gritty as the original. Definitely a great movie that can stand on its own as a crime epic.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Incredibly grim sequel to one of the best hard-boiled cop movies of the 70s, Popeye Doyle blusters into France to find himself out of his depth and completely ineffectual in this strange land. Add to this the humiliation of being kidnapped and completely broken by the bad guy who deliberately hooks him on heroin, and a wrath-filled vengeance is assured. Sometimes difficult to watch, but a powerful sequel.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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