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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is going to nail you for picking your feet in Poughkeepsie.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Still trying to work out the time difference while enjoying a few weeks in New Zealand… while the sun is still out for me it looks like I’m a tad late with today’s BTS pic. Oh well. When in a pinch for time you can’t go wrong with William Friedkin, Roy Scheider and Gene Hackman.

The French Connection kicks arse and these three men are the reason why. I wish we’d see crazy hard-edged flicks like this out of the modern studio system, but alas that time seems to have passed.

Thanks to Steve Mitchell for sending this one along. Click to embiggen!




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  • July 29, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by Winston Smith

    Doesn't look like Friedkin...

  • July 29, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST


    by thrillgamesh


  • July 29, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST


    by Warren

    Finally a behind the scenes picture I can get with, THE FRENCG CONNECTION is classic, and I even liked Friedkin's BUG!

  • July 29, 2011, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Roy Scheider

    by Tigger Tales

    is awesome. what a great movie

  • July 29, 2011, 1:42 a.m. CST

    It always looks so cold on film sets.....

    by harryknowlesnothingaboutfilm

  • July 29, 2011, 2:22 a.m. CST

    That's a fantastic photo

    by palimpsest

    Keep 'em coming. Hard to believe this movie's nearly 40 years old.

  • July 29, 2011, 2:54 a.m. CST


    by ShogunMaster

    Hey, remember when movies were good? I miss those days..

  • ...that fucker DESTROYED the film re-timing the colour of that masterpiece. Can't we get a new print by the DP so it doesn't look like a pastel nightmare?

  • July 29, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    I hear you.

  • July 29, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Catch Ya Later!!! Oops, wrong movie.

    by Jerry Piper

  • July 29, 2011, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Shit. Hot.

    by jasper Stillwell

    What a great fucking film. I always wonder what Peter Boyle, (the original choice), would have done with Popeye Doyle. Hackman and Scheider, though, are amazing together in this - hard-bitten, hard-ass and totally believable. Maybe they should re-make it today with Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio both frowning really hard.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    Friedkin's better film...

    by Gabba-UK

    In fact, his best film. Love the fact that they broke every city law to film the car chase at full throttle. So much better than the over-hyped, POS twaddle he followed this with.

  • July 29, 2011, 6:33 a.m. CST


    by The_Skook

    You still picking your feet in Poughkeepsie?

  • July 29, 2011, 7:05 a.m. CST

    In New Zealand for?

    by GBH

    Anything Hobbit related?

  • July 29, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by jasper Stillwell

    I'll load the gun for you.

  • July 29, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    They will remake it with Beyonce as Popey Doyle

    by Knobules

    And Kayne West as some asshole who happens to be in the movie. Hey it will sell movie tickets and CD's! A win win!

  • July 29, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by smylexx

    pretty sure that French Connection Part 2 was my first exposure to the term 'Cold Turkey'.

  • July 29, 2011, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Choppah is ready for a proper release of SORCERER


    one that ain't pan and scan.

  • July 29, 2011, 12:02 p.m. CST

    great pic!

    by nolan bautista

    Hackmans expression is saying : "Yeah,i can do that!" while Schieder is saying: "...hmm, I dont know Gene.."

  • July 29, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Another one of those movies that doesn't hold up to the hype

    by Rex Carsalot

    Not just being negative here - there are a lot of movies that I had for one reason or another never seen that now that I am catching up on them - they just don't hold up to their legends. This is one of them - it's good, I guess, but it's also really boring in spots. That car chase tho - can't take anything away from that.

  • July 29, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    is tomorrow's BTSPOTD going for a "voll en ze hey?"

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • July 29, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST


    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • July 29, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Yes!Yes!..he was my BOYFRIEND!

    by nolan bautista

    love Cloris Leachmans delivery of that line

  • July 29, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST

    I prefered Ed O'neil as Popeye

    by Geektard_Smasher

    And what the fuck was up with that "pick your feet" line? As a kid it was the biggest puzzle in life. What the fuck did it mean? Junkies pick their feet? Not a great line to hear when you are eating a TV dinner in front of the toob for that matter.

  • July 29, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    The Porkpie Hat - Sweeney Dave

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Hats are coming back Sweeney Dave, I see more guys on the streets every sporting better lids than your avg baeball cap wearing doofus. If you want a good porkpie, I highly reccomend JJ Hats on 5th Ave in NYC, awesome selection, and quality hats, not the cheap ass stuff you find in malls or department stores. I have a nice boater, a derby, and a sweet Italian fedora from them. None them hold a candle to my refurbished Steve Delk-bashed Herbert Johnson fedora - now that's a hat!

  • July 29, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    French connection tribute

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    One of my better ones...

  • July 29, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Any love for The Hunted

    by successor

    One of the most underrated films of the past decade IMHO. Awesome hand to hand knife fights. No CGI car chases or shaky cam bullshit. Tommy Lee Jones and Benecio del Toro go mano a mano. Love the scene where the men escape the city and are constructing their knives for the final fight. The movie is almost like a modern interpretation of First Blood the novel where Rambo is actually a cold-blooded killer rather than a misunderstood Vietnam vet who accidentally kills like he is in the movie. Shame it didn't do that well in the theaters.

  • July 29, 2011, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Totally agree rex carsalot

    by slicer

    I've seen FC1 and 2 recently, having never seen em before expecting greatness. And I thought they were both pretty boring. I would welcome a remake on these with some added action & suspense. Seems like a perfect idea for Paul Greengrass to get his hands on!