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The Connection Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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), The Connection 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

Cast

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
Giorgia Moll
as Francesca Vanini
Jerome Raphel
as Solly
Robert Blake
Jackie McLean
as Alto Sax

Crew

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