Film Facts: The French Connection
William Friedkin's 1971 thriller The French Connection was the first R-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture after the 1968 introduction of the MPAA rating system. In addition to Best Picture, the film also took home Oscars for Best Director (Friedkin), Best Actor (Gene Hackman), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.
Did you know William Friedkin's decision to make The French Connection had one goal in mind: make a good chase – better than anyone's done. Friedkin got approval from New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority for filming... or did he?