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The Connection Details


Experimental director Shirley Clarke's first feature film is a no-compromise look at the dead-end world of drug addiction in Manhattan. Awaiting their next "connection", eight dopers sit in a bleak New York loft. The addicts agree to allow filmmaker William Redfield to shoot a documentary of their lifestyle--for a price. When their connection arrives, he suspects the filmmaker of being a narc and abruptly runs away. The film ends with Redfield agreeing to try some heroin himself in order to more thoroughly understand his "actors". While it appears totally improvised (especially a supposedly impromptu jam session with four musician junkies), Redfield was adapted from a play by Jack Gelber. Roscoe Lee Browne appears in the cast in one of his earliest movie roles. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 3, 1962


Warren Finnerty
as Leach
Garry Goodrow
as Ernie
William Redfield
as Jim Dunn
Roscoe Lee Browne
as J.J. Burden
Freddie Redd
as Piano Player
Robert Blake
Jackie McLean
as Alto Sax
Jerome Raphel
as Solly
Giorgia Moll
as Francesca Vanini
Jackie McLean
as Alto Sax
Jerome Raphel
as Solly


Shirley Clarke
Shirley Clarke
Lewis M. Allen
Jack Gelber
Freddie Redd
Composer (Music Score)
Shirley Clarke
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
Albert Brenner
Art Director
Gene Callahan
Set Designer
Ruth Morley
Costume Designer