The French Connection script
Synopsis: The French Connection is a 1971 American dramatic action thriller film directed by William Friedkin and produced by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Scheider. The film was adapted and fictionalized by Ernest Tidyman from the 1969 non-fiction book by Robin Moore. It tells the story of New York Police Department detectives, "Popeye" Doyle and Buddy "Cloudy" Russo, whose real-life counterparts were Narcotics Detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso. Don Ellis scored the film.

EXT. BED-STUY TENEMENT ALLEY - DAY

Close shot of BLACK PUSHER tripping on the tangle of trash

going up against the wall in his stumble, face toward the

camera, and the figures of RUSSO and DOYLE leaping upon him

from off-camera. There is a blur or fast struggle as DOYLE

and RUSSO try to get his arms and put him against the wall.

BLACK PUSHER writhes loose and we close in on a knife in his

hand, plunging rapidly into RUSSO'S left forearm.

RUSSO:

Son of a bitch!

The words are both warning and a grunt of pain. As RUSSO

takes the blade and utters the words, we simultaneously go

to DOYLE crouching and snatching his .38 out of the right

ankle holster.

EXT. BED-STUY TENEMENT ALLEY - DAY

Close shot of DOYLE and the BLACK PUSHER, DOYLE pistol-

whipping him into submission with three lightening chops of

the gun to the PUSHER'S head. DOYLE continues to beat the

man mercilessly into submission.

INT. DOYLE'S CAR - DAY

3-shot of BLACK PUSHER sitting between DOYLE and RUSSO.

DOYLE is at the wheel. BLACK PUSHER is sitting on his

hands, wrists manacled behind him, his head down and dripping

blood onto the jacket and the canary-yellow turtleneck. All

three are breathing hard.

DOYLE:

What's your name, asshole?

BLACK PUSHER:

Fuck you, Santa Claus!

DOYLE hits him across the face.

4.

RUSSO:

Your name is Willie Craven.

BLACK PUSHER doesn't look up.

DOYLE:

Who's your connection, Willie?

What's his name?

No response.

RUSSO:

Who killed the old Jew in the

laundromat?

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Terry Gilliam

Terrence Vance "Terry" Gilliam is an American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor, comedian and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. more…

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