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The French Connection Film Summary & Analysis

William Friedkin
This Study Guide consists of approximately 17 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The French Connection.
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Themes

No Total Triumph

In most cops and robbers stories, the good guys come out on top. In this story, however, no one really seems to win. Although some of the bad guys are caught, Alain Charnier- the guiltiest of them all- is not captured and thus receives no punishment. Additionally, the good guys suffer as well from wounds received during the fight.

Rather than having good totally triumph, this film shows a harsher, but truer, reality: there is no total triumph. Neither the good guys nor the bad guys truly win in this film. The bad guys don't get their money or their drugs, but the good guys don't capture all the bad guys either. No one truly wins in this situation.

Many Sides of Man

In this film, we see the many sides of man. Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle is on the team for the...

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