The French Connection II | Chicago Reader

The French Connection II

This 1975 sequel is just what you'd expect: a slick reprise of all the elements that clicked in the original with none of the seedy originality that made it work. John Frankenheimer juggles the elements with aplomb, but by now it's all become so formulaic that there are virtually no surprises left. Gene Hackman repeats as Popeye Doyle, everybody's favorite urban redneck—and repeats is definitely the word. Fernando Rey returns to lead him through the back alleys of Marseilles. Predictable and overlong.

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