Double Feature: THE FRENCH CONNECTION, 1971, 20th Century Fox, 104 min. Dir. William Friedkin. Perhaps the greatest American crime film ever made. Gene Hackman stars as Detective Popeye Doyle, who’s muscling minor hoods in NYC when he learns of a huge shipment of French heroin. With partner Roy Scheider, Hackman dogs drug kingpin Fernando Rey through the concrete jungle - highlighted by a brain-jangling car chase.
TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., 1985, Park Circus/MGM, 116 min. Director William Friedkin's thriller stars William Petersen as a federal agent out to bust counterfeiter Willem Dafoe. Along the way, they collide with John Turturro as a drug mule and Dean Stockwell as Dafoe's morally ambivalent mouthpiece. This turbo-charged ride through an imploding, morally corrupt American landscape is as dynamic and unnerving as THE FRENCH CONNECTION.
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