The French Connection – 1972
William Freidkin’s gritty and hard edged crime drama tells the story of New York Police Department detectives Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle and Buddy “Cloudy” Russo, whose real-life counterparts were Narcotics Detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, in pursuit of wealthy French heroin smuggler Alain Charnier.
With the budget only being $1.5 million, it caused them to use a ‘guerilla film making’ style. The people you see in the background of scenes on the Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Station are not extras but real New Yorkers.
The car crash during the now legendary chase sequence, at the intersection of Stillwell Ave. and 86th St. was unplanned but left in because of its realism.