The French Connection

Probably the Platonic Form of the cop chasing criminals movie. A great star (Gene Hackman), a great supporting cast, a ZERO frills (1.44 run-time) script so tight your jaw will need unclenching by the end, one of the great car chases ever – so good it holds up after five decades – and a dark and deeply ambiguous ending. Despite the post-roll annotations and the sequel, I still believe the final gunshot is Doyle offing Charnier and then dumping the body rather than see him slide on the charges. #Criterion

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