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The French Connection II

Taking over the directing reins from Friedkin, Frankenheimer delivers is an equally brutal and uncompromising portrait of France’s criminal underworld. Popeye Doyle (Hackman, again terrific) travels to Marseilles to track down Charnier (Rey, also reprising his role), the leader of a drug smuggling ring whom he failed to capture in The French Connection. Acclaimed for its cold-turkey sequence (Hackman is turned into an addict by his quarry), the film more than gives the first installment a run for its money.