The French Connection 2013: A car chase for the ages

A still from the French Connection car chaseA still from the French Connection car chase

Where’s Popeye Doyle when you need him to jump behind the wheel of his police car and chase the No. 7 train through Brooklyn?

Still around apparently.

Doyle’s manic and nail-biting car chase in the multi-Academy Award-winning French Connection (1971) is a legendary piece of cinema. The movie won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Gene Hackman as Doyle.

Now the NYPD’s 109th Precinct has sort of re-enacted the chase–same place, same train. Doyle was following the trail of major international drug runners, and the movie was based on a true story. The 109th was after a stolen cell phone. It had been ripped from the hands of a lady talking on it on a street corner.

Okay, so it’s a stretch. But it’s a story to make you smile. And it’s also some really good police work by the 109th.