THE QUICK AND THE DEAD
1995, Sony Repertory, 107 min, USA, Dir: Sam Raimi

Evil sadist Gene Hackman meets his match when a gun-slinging Sharon Stone enters his town looking for revenge in Sam Raimi's hyperkinetic Western. A stellar supporting cast, including Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Henriksen and Woody Strode, adds energy to this love letter to the spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone.


THE FRENCH CONNECTION
1971, 20th Century Fox, 104 min, Dir: William Friedkin

Arguably the greatest American crime film ever made. Gene Hackman stars as Detective Popeye Doyle, who’s muscling minor hoods in NYC (the "You ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?" scene is still a classic) when he catches the trail of a huge shipment of French heroin. With partner Roy Scheider, Hackman dogs drug-kingpin Fernando Rey through the concrete jungle - highlighted by a brain-jangling car chase that still hasn’t been topped.


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