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½ February 4, 2019
This movie is based on fact, so it seems the Froggy police couldn't catch a cold let alone a major international drug smuggler.. Excellent film though and above average acting from Hackman.
May 26, 2018
The french connection 2 is as insane as the first film with Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle!
February 3, 2018
i didnt get to see the ending because my tape is cut off! i only got to see to the part where hackman gets OD'd on heroin and almost dies. i could tell this movie rules though, i loved the first one
July 14, 2017
Trying to recapture the magic of the first film, but failing to do so. Still, there are things to like, including Hackman's great performance and the final chase scene. Unfortunately, far too much time was taken for Hackman's heroin addiction and subsequent cold-turkey kick, which slowed the pace of the film to an almost complete stop. Worth seeing still.
July 14, 2017
Very drab and boring. No entertainment value.
June 8, 2017
Popeye's too soft and unconvincing, poor attempts to mimic the signature documentary feel, the dialogues are horrible, zero tension and no set-piece to live up to at least a semblance of what we saw in the first instalment. It's not horrible, but it's not an honorable failure either -- it's just mediocre, which makes it even worse.
March 24, 2017
I like that we got to see the whole drug world turned on Doyle, Charnier forcing him to become one of the desperate addicts. But I would've liked to see this played differently than the drawn out, becoming, then recovering from addiction. I thought it'd play further in the story, Doyle's desperation extending as far as protecting his enemy to get what he needs. Instead he goes right back to being a cop on the chase, and we're forced to suffer through the pain of this whole process. No shortage of feeling an addict's suffering, slow time being the only ally.

Some of the simpler moments work best, like eating - they share a chocolate bar, he gets ice cream; it's never so sweet as a child would enjoy, it's embittered with this rivalry between Doyle and Barthelemy. Doyle's drunken carousing is sweet at first with various sports references, but it severely drags to nowhere.

It definitely plays on the excitement of: how are they going to get Charnier? The suspense leading up to the boat and warehouse raids are wonderful, but Doyle chasing Charnier is anticlimactic, as is it's finish. It's satisfying to see Charnier done in, but it proves this film had little to play off of; it's only note was this plot point of catching the bad guy from the first film. It feels like a postscript of the first film rather than needing to exist for any other reason.
February 23, 2017
Not as good as the first, but still really good.
January 8, 2017
For those who read French Kiss it might be fascinating to compare the two eras and detectives as a study in high profile drug investigations
November 23, 2016
I don't think this is exactly a bad film, but it's a bad sequel to "The French Connection" in the sense that it misses what is so appealing about the first film. Hackman is back as "Popeye" Doyle, and he travels to Marseilles in pursuit of Charnier (Fernando Rey, the only other actor returning from the first film). So, setting aside for a minute that this is not completely sensible as a premise (the film claims Doyle is the only person who would recognize Charnier ... a man who was under intensive surveillance by dozens of cops in the first film), it ends up losing most of the best elements of the first film. It's great to see Hackman back as this character, but he needs Roy Scheider, or someone damn close to him to balance the character dynamics. Yes, Bernard Fresson is sort of a partner in this film, but not for most of the film. That raises the other point. What's most enthralling about "The French Connection" is that it's a magnificent police procedural. It's not just the characters that matter, it's what they are doing. Hackman does fuck all for over half of this film. I admit that this film has an amazing climax, and the last few minutes are almost worth watching the whole film for ... but it's difficult to recommend a 2 hour film based on the last 10 minutes. Scheider got the better deal ... "The Seven-Ups" is the real sequel to "The French Connection".
½ October 23, 2016
Possibly unnecessary sequel has Popeye in France to track the escaped drug smuggler from the original. Hackman is up to the challenge but the material cannot match the original, partly do to a long scene of Hackman being drugged with heroin and then having to recover from the effects.
August 23, 2016
Now I have to say the first was for sure superior, but French Connection II is by far more enjoyable than it's predecessor. Hackman should have won best actor for this one rather than the first, but that's just me
August 12, 2016
Hackman reprises his award winning role in a more fictionalized sequel to the original. This one takes place in France and deals a lot more with heroin addiction and recovery. Certainly raw, it doesn't have quite the same tone as the first, but is a pretty good crime drama for those who need the kind of closure the original did not provide.
½ August 3, 2016
"French Connection II" is the best kind of sequel. It takes a great character in an entirely different direction than the original film did, and provides results that are all the more compelling because of it. This film stands not in the shadow of the original, but very capably on its own.
June 17, 2016
Picking up the story more or less where the first movie ended, here we see "Popeye" Doyle travelling to Marseilles in order to track down the leader of the French gang who had escaped justice in New York. This gives the film a completely different feel to The French Connection. It retains the gritty, edginess of the first but clearly shows the lead character in very unfamiliar surroundings. There is a sequence which I remember from seeing this film as a child and still find very difficult to watch now. It involves Doyle, having been kidnapped by the drugs gang, being forcibly injected with heroin. Gene Hackman's acting is terrific and very convincing. Together with the harrowing scenes where he is force to go cold turkey, they form the central and most powerful sections of the film. Adding to the atmospheric setting, there's a word and sometimes jarring musical score that fits the action well. All in all, French Connection II rounds off the plot nicely and in a manner entirely fitted to one of the iconic movie characters of the 1970s.
May 4, 2016
The French Connection II (1975) ?? 1/2
Hackman goes to Marseille in search of the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York. Exciting opening and riveting final chase are separated by long, agonizing drug addiction sequences that bring the whole film down.
February 1, 2016
Comme pour le premier opus, French Connection II possède un climax incroyable, le face-off attendu entre Fernando Rey et Gene Hackman. Mais avant cette dernière demi-heure, il faut attendre 90 minutes où on suit Gene Hackman en Américain perdu à Paris et accro à l'héroïne. Si le scénario est plutôt inattendu (décider de ne pas copier le premier opus est une bonne idée), il se traîne tellement qu'on finit par se désintéresser totalement du personnage d'Alain Charnier, qui ne réapparaît que pour lier les deux films. Gene Hackman est excellent et son duo avec Bernard Fresson marche très bien. En revanche, les autres acteurs sont trop absents (Jean-Pierre Castaldi passe 70% du film au second plan sans jamais dire un mot, par exemple alors que c'est le partenaire de Fresson) et il manque ici le réalisme froid du film de Friedkin.
January 14, 2016
Gene Hackman Returns In This Entirely Fictional Follow Up, Which Is Also An Enjoyable Crime Drama. Sadly However, It's Not As Gritty And Realistic As The First, But It Still Manages To Be A Pretty Solid Movie. Hackman Puts In Another Great Performance As The Hard Hitting Narcoitics Cop, Doyle As He Now Travels To France To Bust The Drug Kingpin Who Escaped In The Previous Film. More Of A Man Who Can't Take His Mind Of The Case Film, The Film's Structure Just Dips. Although The Film Is Not As Believable It Certainly Is As Enjoayable, Of Course It's Probably One Of The Better Sequels, Compared To Most.
December 21, 2015
Continuing where French Connection left off, starting from Marseille, Doyle and his French counterparts sparring each other and the elusive drug lords. Some amusing cultural clashes between the rough cowboyish Doyle vs. the methodical French.
½ November 24, 2015
If directed by William Friedkin it could have been even better.
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