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The French Connection is an action crime dramatic thriller film about two New York City cops from the Narcotics Bureau who attempt to break up a crime ring centered around smuggling drugs from France to the USA. The film follows the lives of Detective James "Popeye" Doyle and Buddy "Cloudy" Russo as they conduct undercover detective work which eventually leads them to find a massive drug ring across two and possibly three countries. The two have to face off the drug lords and the government bureaus breathing down their necks to get their job done. Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, and Marcel Bozzuffi. Based on "The French Connection" by Robin Moore. Based on the real-life story of Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso.

The French Connection won five Oscar awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Gene Hackman), and Best Director. It was nominated for three additional awards, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Scheider). Continue reading for some quotes from this great detective movie, The French Connection.


Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Merry Christmas. What's your name, little boy?
Little Boy: Eric.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Uh-huh, Eric. What do you want for Christmas Eric? Hmmm?
Buddy "Cloudy" Russo: You wanna play "hide the salami" with his old lady?
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: This is Doyle. I'm sittin' on Frog One.
Bill Mulderig: Yeah, I know that. We got the Westbury covered like a tent.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: The Westbury my ass! I got him on the shuttle at Grand Central, now what the hell's going on up there?
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Hey you! Haircut! Where are you goin'?
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: All right, Popeye's here! get your hands on your heads, get off the bar, and get on the wall!
Walt Simonson: Hey Bill, look, do me a favor, give him a chance. He came in here with a little piece of information. I know you worked with him before and had a little trouble, but don't get off on the wrong foot, if you have problems, come to me with them, I'll handle it.
Bill Mulderig: I don't want to get off on the wrong foot, Simonson, just keep him off my back.
Walt Simonson: Just cool it with him. If you have any problems, come to me, I'll handle it. Do me this favor.
Bill Mulderig: I'll be happy to work with him.
Walt Simonson: Okay, he's a good cop, he's basically a good cop, he's got good hunches every once in awhile.
Bill Mulderig: Fine, fine, fine, just keep him off my back.
Walt Simonson: Brooklyn is loaded with guys that own candy stores, two cars, and like to go to nightclubs!
Buddy "Cloudy" Russo: Yeah, but you put this little candy store hustler together with Joel Weinstock and maybe we got a big score!
Walt Simonson: Score, my ass!
Alain Charnier: Our American friends are becoming overcautious.
Pierre Nicoli, Hit Man: What about our timetable?
Alain Charnier: We MUST follow it.
Pierre Nicoli, Hit Man: But will they?
Alain Charnier: I don't know. Boca's scared. He sees policemen in his soup.
Pierre Nicoli, Hit Man: He's not wrong.
Alain Charnier: The one who followed me on the subway, he's our biggest problem.
Pierre Nicoli, Hit Man: Let me handle him.
Alain Charnier: There'll be others.
Pierre Nicoli, Hit Man: So what? By Friday we'll be gone.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Look, I say we keep sitting on Boca!
Walt Simonson: Jimmy, give it up. Give it up, it's all over with. If there was a deal, it's gone down by now. We blew it, we blew our warrants, and we blew our cover.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Listen, I know the deal hasn't gone down yet. I KNOW it! I can feel it, I'm dead certain.
Bill Mulderig: Last time you were dead certain we had a dead cop.
[Doyle flies into a rage and attacks Mulderig]
Walt Simonson: [as Cloudy Russo and a uniformed officer help him break up the fight] Hey! Break it up! You two break it up! Hold onto yourself, what's the matter with you?
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: [restrained by Cloudy] Son of a...!
Walt Simonson: [seething] Jimmy! You've wasted two months on this! No collars are coming in while you two guys are running around town jerking off! Now go back to work! You're off Special Assignment!
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