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THE FRENCH CONNECTION
October 24, 2013  | By David Bianculli

Sundance, 7:45 p.m. ET

 

The best car chase ever filmed? Arguably, it’s here, in the 1971 thriller directed by William Friedkin, and shot on the busy streets of New York. Friedkin won an Oscar for his work here, and the movie itself won Best Picture. Gene Hackman stars as Popeye Doyle, with strong support from Roy Scheider, four years before Jaws. Oh, and that car chase? Technically, it’s a car vs. elevated subway train – and much of it was filmed without city permits or formal staging. And it shows.

 
 
 
 
 
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