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. LE VALLON

Opening shot - High angle on Lincoln along small bay with

boats.

Ext. Bar - Waist to full figure Pan Right to Left. Detective

comes out eating pizza, looking around. He crosses street

and stops against wall of impasse Michael.

He looks O.S. left,

His POV - L.S. of Lincoln behind fishing nets.

Waist shot of Detective looking and eating.

M.S. of Lincoln.

C.S. of Detective looking O.S. Left.

Pan Right to Left with Charnier coming out from Fonfon with

three friends and they walk to the Lincoln.

Pan Left to Right with Lincoln passing in front of the

Detective.

EXT. CAFE LA SAMARITAINE

High angle from balcony. Zoom on Detective seated at the

cafe, reading a newspaper.

Cut on Lincoln along sidewalk of the cafe, then zoom back to

discover Detective seated.

EXT. MARSEILLE STREETS

Low angle from stairs Rue des Repenties and Pan Left to

Right to Rue Sainte Francoise following the Detective.

Pan Left to Right with Detective from Rue des Repenties to

Rue Baussenque.

Low angle between Rue des Moulins and Rue des Accoules with

Detective passing by.

Ext. Rue du Panier - The Detective comes out from the bakery

camera Right and starts to climb up Rue des Moulins with his

bread.

EXT. STREET

High angle - on No. 50 Rue des Moulins. Pan Left to Right

with Detective coming up the street with his bread and going

inside his house, starting to open his letter-box.

2.

INT. CORRIDOR

High angle - complete reverse. As the Detective starts to

open his letter-box in B.G. a hand pointing a gun moves in

foreground and blows off half of the French Detective's head

with the first shot.

Cut to Nicoli C.S. who just fired.

EXT. A BAR IN BED-STUY - DAY

A large man in a Santa Claus suit and white beard is

entertaining a group of black children. He leads them in

the singing of a Christmas Carol (Hark the Herald Angels

Sing). The man is DETECTIVE FIRST GRADE JIMMY DOYLE. His

attention is split between the children and the activity

inside the bar.

INT. THE BAR - DOYLE'S POV - DAY

The place is crowded with mid-day drinkers. Dimly outlined

at the far end of the bar are TWO BLACK MEN involved in some

kind of transaction in which a package is exchanged for

money. As the transaction seems to be completed, cut to

EXT. THE BAR - DAY

Santa Claus (DOYLE) starts to ring his big Christmas bell,

above the singing. The bell is a signal to DETECTIVE SECOND

GRADE BUDDY RUSSO. At this moment RUSSO is in the clothes

of a hot dog vendor and is in fact working behind a hot dog

wagon. At the ringing of DOYLE's bell he takes off his

apron, leaves the wagon, and runs toward the bar.

DOYLE:

(as RUSSO passes him)

The guy in the brown coat.

INT. THE BAR - DAY

RUSSO enter the bar on the run. He stops and looks over the

room.

RUSSO'S POV

There are TWENTY or THIRTY MEN at the bar, at least TEN are

wearing brown coats! The TWO MEN involved in the deal see

RUSSO and start to run. One (THE BUYER) takes off out of

the back door. The other (THE PUSHER) jumps over the bar

and heads for the front entrance.

3.

EXT. THE BAR - DAY

THE PUSHER dashes out past Santa Claus (DOYLE). RUSSO

follows him and all three give chase.

EXT. BED-STUY TENEMENT ALLEY - DAY

THREE FIGURES running down a New York tenement alley, the

first in flight, the others in pursuit. We pick up the

incredible clutter of such an alley, mounts of rusting beer

cans, paper bags of garbage bulging and ripping open, old

bed springs, burned out mattresses, etc.

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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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