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Making the Connection: Untold Stories of 'The French Connection' (2001)

Real-life cop Sony Grosso turned Hollywood producer hosts a 30th Anniversary special featuring interviews with various persons involved in the making of The French Connection (1971).


Keith Johnson


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Complete credited cast:
Sonny Grosso Sonny Grosso ... Himself - Retired NYPD Detective / Producer
William Friedkin ... Himself - Director (as Billy Friedkin)
Edwin Torres Edwin Torres ... Himself - N.Y. Supreme Court Judge (as Judge Torres)
Tony Lo Bianco ... Himself
Lora Mitchell Lora Mitchell ... Herself
Eddie Egan ... Himself - Retired NYPD Detective (archive footage)
Gene Hackman ... Himself
Philip D'Antoni ... Himself - Producer (as Phil D'Antoni)
Richard D. Zanuck ... Himself - Producer (as Richard Zanuck)
Robin Moore Robin Moore ... Himself - Author
Owen Roizman ... Himself - Cinematographer
David Brown ... Himself - Producer
Gerald B. Greenberg ... Himself - Editor (as Jerry Greenberg)
Roy Scheider ... Himself


We follow Sonny Grosso through the streets of New York and meet a few of the stars and filmmakers of William Friedkin's The French Connection (1971). This is fairly informative compared to most other television specials made by Twentieth Century Fox, mainly because this documentary is not purely for publicity, but rather a look back at some of the best memories of their experiences on the film. Written by Rhyl Donnelly

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Featured on the second disc of The French Connection: Five Star Collection DVD released in 2001. See more »


References The French Connection (1971) See more »


The French Connection End Title
Written by Don Ellis
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An odd but very watchable 'making of' feaurette.
16 June 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very unusual featurette that is on the bonus disc for "The French Connection". You see, one of the actual cops in the film (played by Roy Scheider) was the host of this film--as he eventually gave up his job as a cop and became a producer. Because of this, it has a lot of what you'd expect (such as interviews with the cast, director and others), but it also is made up of a HUGE portion praising his partner, the late Mr. Egan ('Popeye Doyle' in the film). This is interesting, as Gene Hackman apparently strongly disliked Egan and felt he was a racist. It also provides an odd like from the New York Police to Hollywood--giving lots of unusual behind the scenes information and trivia. It's all very satisfying to watch and isn't just the usual hoopla, but an important and watchable addition to the feature film. Well made in every way--even if Egan was, in some ways, rather reprehensible.

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