|The French Connection 1971 R, 102 min.|
Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller
Director: William Friedkin
Cast: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frederic de Pasquale, Bill Hickman, Ann Rebbot, Harold Gary, Arlene Farber, Eddie Egan, Patrick McDermott, Andre Ernotte, Sonny Grosso, Alan Weeks
If for no other reason than the spine-tingling car chase, this movie deserves viewing. Fortunately, it also has much more going for it. NYPD detective Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) visits Paris to uncover the source of a drug supply coming into the United States. Doyle ends up back in the Big Apple for the elevated train car chase. This film won the Best Picture Academy Award, and Gene Hackman and William Friedkin were also honored for Best Actor and Director. Awards were also given for Best Writing and Editing, and nominations were received for Best Supporting Actor (Roy Scheider) and Sound.
|Joe 1970 R, 107 min.|
Director: John G. Avildsen
Cast: Peter Boyle, Audrey Caire, K Callan, Dennis Patrick, Patrick McDermott, Susan Sarandon, Reid Cruickshanks, Tim Lewis, Estelle Omens, Bob O'Connell, Marlene Warfield, Mary Case, Jenny Paine, Rudy Churney, Robert Emerick
After Melissa (Susan Sarandon, in her film debut) ends up in the hospital from a drug overdose, her business executive father Bill Compton (Dennis Patrick) is enraged and accidentally kills her junkie lover Frank (Patrick McDermott). Shaken by the murder, Bill heads into a bar and meets factory worker Joe (Peter Boyle) who shares Bill's prejudices about minorities and hippies of the 1960s' era. Bill tells Joe that he just killed a drug dealer, but Joe doubts Bill's assertion. Later, after watching news reports of the murder scene, Joe holds Bill in esteem. They form a friendship that will lead to a tragic confrontation with hippies–including Melissa.
|1. The French Connection (1971)|
2. Joe (1970)
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