This sequel to William Friedkin’s 1971 crime drama finds 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.
Directed by John Frankenheimer. With Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Bernard Fresson, Philippe Léotard. “Popeye” Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York.
The film expands on the central character of Det. Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle who travels to Marseille, France where he is attempting to track down French drug-dealer Alain Charnier, who escaped at the end of the first film.
Hackman won an Academy Award for Best Actor for the original The French Connection and he and Fernando Rey are the only returning cast members.