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French Connection II is a 1975 American action thriller film directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Gene Hackman. It is the sequel to The French Connection.


Detective "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) still hot on the trail of slippery drug trafficker Charnier (Fernando Rey), but this time in Marseilles, France. Uprooted from his familiar New York City beat, Doyle struggles to assert himself in a strange city and break the drug ring wide open. When Charnier's goons force him into a heroin addiction, the tough cop must summon every ounce of his courage to kick the habit cold turkey.


  • Gene Hackman as Det. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle
  • Fernando Rey as Alain Charnier
  • Bernard Fresson as Henri Barthélémy
  • Philippe Léotard as Jacques
  • Ed Lauter as General Brian
  • Charles Millot as Miletto
  • Jean-Pierre Castaldi as Raoul Diron
  • Cathleen Nesbitt as The Old Lady
  • Reine Prat as The Girl on the Volleyball Beach