Wednesday, April 13, 2011

French Connection II (1975)

In the sequel to the 1971 hit, this time around New York Narcotics Detective Jimmy Popeye Doyle is in Marseilles, France to try and find the elusive drug kingpin Alain Charnier that got away in the first one, along with the help of Inspector Henri Barthélémy. But he ends up being kidnapped, and is injected with heroin. He is eventually set free, but in an addicted state. So Barthélémy immediately puts him into quarantine and Popeye goes through a long and terrible cold turkey withdrawal. But even that does not stop him from trying with determination to catch Charnier. An average sequel; Hackman is still terrific but the film lacks the same fire that the original had. Starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson, Philippe Léotard, Ed Lauter 7/10

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