French Connection II


The first film to announce its sequel qualification with a II after the title, John Frankenheimer’s follow-up to William Friedkin’s celebrate cop movie moves the action to the port of Marseilles, with Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) out of his depth as he continues his pursuit of Frog One (Fernando Rey). Much of Frankenheimer’ sweaty, grotty thriller is taken up with Doyle’s recovery from being pumped full of heroin, but it’s the details, from a broken glass sandwich to Doyle’s ingenuis escape by dumpster truck, that make French Connection II a worthwhile follow-up to a spellbinding original.