July 07, 2008
The French Connection
This is the first R-rated winner of the Best Picture award (which is funny, because now an R-rating almost seems a pre-requisite to winning that Oscar.) It features a plot where two NYC cops track down a huge amount of heroin being imported from France into America. It also won a best Actor award for Gene Hackman, which he completely deserved because he's awesome in this film, playing this tough semi-crazed cop. Roy Scheider is his partner, and it was great seeing Sheriff Brody from Jaws in another good role.
The film is famous for an amazing car chase (if you like car chases in modern movies, you have this one to thank for it... it was an inspiration to countless directors. If you don't.... sorry) where Hackman's character actually chased an elevated train. (Nice little trivia, Christopher Nolan used the car chase in this film as direct inspiration for many of the batmobile sequences in Batman Begins.)
As much as I liked this film, I'm a little surprised that it won Best Picture. It's a very good film, but doesn't seem like your normal Oscar material... it's more like a really good crime action film. It's definitely worth watching, though.
3 out of 4
Posted by jason on July 7, 2008 02:29 AM