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French Connection II, The (1975)

John Frankenheimer’s sequel to The French Connection (1971) may be less believable than its predecessor, but it’s still a cracking thriller.

Here, New York cop ‘Popeye’ Doyle (Gene Hackman brilliantly reprising his Oscar-winning role from the original) travels to Marseille in search of heroin-tsar Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) – who escaped at the end of the previous film – but blunders into the French operation to uncover his old adversary’s drugs ring.

There’s a disturbing sequence that details Hackman’s withdrawal after being forcibly addicted, but after that it’s revenge and violence all the way.

Detective Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle
Gene Hackman
Alain Charnier
Fernando Rey
Barthélemy
Bernard Fresson
Raoul Diron
Jean-Pierre Castaldi
Miletto
Charles Millot
Jacques
Philippe Léotard
Brigadier Brian
Ed Lauter
Inspector Genevoix
Jacques Dynam
Dutch Captain
Raoul Delfosse
Manfredi
Patrick Floersheim

Director
John Frankenheimer