The French Connection (1971)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Charnier waving goodbye to “Popeye” Doyle after outsmarting him at Grand Central station.
2) High octane car-train chase scene

 
CONS –
1) Stakeout, Chase, Repeat – An average cop thriller with sloppy editing and weird climax.

 

QUOTE –
Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle: What is this, a fuckin’ hospital here?

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Marathon Man (1976)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Nazi Factor
2) Babe’s running escape sequence / Dental torture scene
3) Diamond District sequence with Holocaust survivors
4) Roy Scheider as Henry “Doc” Levy
5) Elsa twist
6) Laurence Olivier as Dr. Christian Szell

 

Cons –
1) Slow first half.

 

Quote –
“Christian Szell: Is it safe?”