The French Connection

Dir. William Friedkin (1971). Fraught with urban decay and racial tension, this bang-bang procedural created a paradigm for the tell-it-like-it-is cop drama, grounding the fantastic exploits of Gene Hackman's Popeye Doyle in a gritty naturalism and sweeping the Oscars with its portrait of a heroic working-class narc.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 & 10 p.m.; Mon., Sept. 19, 1, 5:30 & 10 p.m.; Tue., Sept. 20, 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45 & 10 p.m. Starts: Sept. 14. Continues through Sept. 18, 2011

 
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