William Friedkin's The French Connection debuted on October 7, 1971, starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. Valuable The French Connection movie memorabilia includes one sheet, insert and half sheet posters, movie stills, lobby card sets, pressbooks and British, Spanish and Croatian movie posters.
Twentieth Century-Fox's The French Connection hit movie theaters in 1971. Directed by William Friedkin and starring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey and Tony Lo Bianco, The French Connection features Hackman and Scheider as two New York City cops out to nab a notorious French drug dealer. Made for $1.8 million, The French Connection premiered simultaneously in New York City and Los Angeles on October 7, 1971, making a huge splash at the box office and earning eight Academy Award nominations: Best Picture (won), Best Director (Friedkin, won), Best Actor (Hackman, won), Best Screenplay (Ernest Tidyman, won), Best Supporting Actor (Scheider), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing (won) and Best Sound.
Here are ten valuable The French Connection movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest movie memorabilia fans. "All right, Popeye's here! Get your hands on your heads, get off the bar, and get on the wall!" Gene Hackman as Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle
The French Connection One Sheet Movie Poster
A one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in near mint- condition sold at auction for $83.65. The French Connection was primarily filmed on location in New York City.
The French Connection one sheet poster $83.65
The French Connection Lobby Card Set
A complete set of eight lobby cards (11x14-inches) in fine/very fine condition brought a modest $56 at auction. Offered the role of Jimmy Doyle were James Caan, Peter Boyle, Lee Marvin and Robert Mitchum, all of whom declined.
The French Connection lobby set $56
The French Connection Insert Movie Poster
An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $79. The French Connection features one of the most memorable car chase scenes in Hollywood history where Gene Hackman's Popeye Doyle commandeers a citizen's ride and pursues his would-be assassin.
The French Connection Movie Pressbook
A pair of movie pressbooks in fine/very fine condition brought $16 at auction. Contained within each is The French Connection's entire promotional campaign.
The French Connection Japanese B2 Movie Poster
A Japanese B2 movie poster (20x28-inches) in folded very fine- condition sold at auction for $47. The French Connection debuted in Japan on February 12, 1972.
The French Connection Japanese B2 poster $47
The French Connection Spanish One Sheet Movie Poster
A Spanish one sheet movie poster (26x38-inches) in fine+ condition sold auction for $12.
The French Connection Croatian Insert Movie Poster
A unique Croatian insert movie poster (12x26-inches) in very fine+ condition brought a bargain $11 at auction.
The French Connection Croatian insert poster $11
The French Connection Movie Stills
A collection of nine 8x10-inch black-and-white and four 8x10-inch color movie stills in very fine- condition sold at auction for $26. In order to get a feel for their roles, Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider accompanied real-life NYPD detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso for a month prior to filming. Hackman was reportedly disgusted in what he had witnessed on the mean streets of New York.
The French Connection British Quad Movie Poster
A British quad movie poster (30x40-inches) in very fine+ condition fetched a top bid of $310.70 at auction. Look at the first bar scene in the movie. All of the extras are real-life police officers.
The French Connection British quad poster $310.70
The French Connection Mini Lobby Cards
A collection of four mini lobby cards (8x10-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $11. There was one sequel: French Connection II (1975) with Gene Hackman reprising his Oscar-winning role as Popeye Doyle.
The French Connection Movie Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: The French Connection half sheet poster (22x28-inches) in rolled very fine condition $46
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