Gene Hackman won an Oscar for his performance as hard-hitting New York City cop Popeye Doyle, doggedly on the trail of heroin traffickers who travel back and forth from the New York waterfront to Marseilles. The real star here is Friedkin, however, at his virtuoso best getting down and dirty showing the dealers, junkies and bag men of the dope business. It’s a gripping, violent and exceptionally smart picture that hasn’t lost a bit of its compelling entertainment value.
The French Connection will be screened Monday (July 1) at 2:30, 5 and 7:30 PM at the GE Theatre at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady). Tickets are $5. For more info, call the box office at 346-6204.