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03.01.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The French Connection (1971) is the most essential police-driven action thriller of the last 40 years. The new Blu-ray disc release is a reminder of how many crime movies have imitated director William Friedkin�s classic. And lately, most are imitations of imitations. Gene Hackman, who stared as NYPD narcotics detective �Popeye� Doyle, helped create an unforgettable character, especially ...