The French Connection

RIALTO CHANNEL – Sunday 17 October, 8.30pm

‘Popeye’ Doyle and partner ‘Cloudy’ Russo are NYPD narcotics cops who stumble on a potentially large drug smuggling operation. Routine surveillance eventually makes a connection between Boca and visiting Frenchmen Alain Charnier, but the surveillance is soon compromised. Doyle is marked by Charnier as a possible stumbling block to successful completion of his deal so orders for Doyle to be killed but he is unsuccessful. A brutal train hijacking and automobile pursuit follows and eventually the case comes to a head with a showdown between police and the mobsters outside the city. Directed by William Friedkin.

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