New York Film Locations

The French Connection (1971)

Last Updated:Sept 2012

Alain Chanier (Fernando Rey) is a dapper businessman from Marseilles, France, who is in reality a drug lord working on a big score - to sell $32 million worth of 89% pure heroin to New York City. But his potential buyer - small-time hood Salvatore Boca - is being tailed by two undercover NYC cops, James "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy "Cloudy" Russo (Roy Scheider). The more Popeye and Cloudy dig, the closer they get - to where Chanier agrees to an attempt on Popeye's life that results in a brutal train hijacking and automobile pursuit, and eventually to a showdown btw police and mobsters outside the city.

otsoNY Comments: The traffic jam on the Brooklyn Bridge was shot without permission.

Brooklyn Bridge, Lower East Side, Manhattan.


Madison Avenue and East 67th Street, Manhattan.


Flower Shop, 27 East 67th Street and Madison Avenue, Manhattan.


Park Avenue and East 38th Street, Manhattan.


Car Park, East 38th Street (btw Park Avenue and Madison Avenue) Manhattan.


Times Square (Broadway, 7th Avenue, West 42nd and 47th Streets) Manhattan.


Diner, 138 Delancey Street (btw Norfolk and Suffolk Streets) Mnahattan.


840 Madison Avenue (btw East 69th and 70th Streets) Manhattan.


Madison Avenue (btw East 69th and 70th Streets) Manhattan.


Subway, 5th Avenue (btw East 59th and 60th Streets) Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: The car chase was filmed over 5 weeks beneath the Bensonhurst Elevated Railway of Brooklyn’s Stillwell Line from Bay 50th Street Station along Stillwell Avenue and into 86th Street and finally right into New Utrecht Avenue, ending at 62nd Street Station.

Stillwell Avenue, Brooklyn.


62nd Street Station, 62nd Street and New Utrecht Avenue, Brooklyn.


The Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street & Madison Avenue, Manhattan.


otsoNY Comments: In both of the scenes below as the car is being unloaded from the cargo ship, there is a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline and you can clearly see the first of the World Trade Center towers under construction.


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