High-Intensity Facts About ‘The French Connection’

Released in 1971, The French Connection is an action film based on Robin Moore’s 1969 non-fiction novel of the same name. With a slew of Academy Awards and inclusion in the American Film Institute’s list of best films, it’s considered to be one of the best American motion pictures ever made, setting the bar for similar films in the neo-noir genre. Let’s take a look behind the scenes into everything that went into making The French Connection.

There Were Real Detectives In The Film

Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

The French Connection, an adaptation of Robin Moore’s book, follows the true story of NYPD detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso during one of the biggest narcotics busts in American history during the 1960s.

When making the film, director William Friedkin kept Egan and Grosso on set as technical advisors. Egan, the basis for “Popeye” Doyle, plays Doyle and Russo’s supervisor, Walt Simonson, and Grosso plays Clyde Klein, one of the two federal agents assigned to the case.