7.0/10
628
13 user 28 critic

The Connection (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 December 1996 (France)
A director tries to film a group of junkies in Leach's room while they are waiting for Cowboy to bring their heroin connection.

Director:

Shirley Clarke

Writers:

Jack Gelber (play), Jack Gelber (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Skyscraper (1960)
Short | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Directors: Shirley Clarke, Wheaton Galentine, and 3 more credits »
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Black gay prostitute Jason Holliday is rigorously interviewed on his story and character, revealing nuanced truths about life and art.

Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Jason Holliday, Shirley Clarke, Carl Lee
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

It captures Ornette's evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983, it chronicles his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon.

Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Ornette Coleman, John Giordano, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Documentary | Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Acclaimed poet Robert Frost reminisces on his career. He is also seen giving lectures at Amherst and Sarah Lawrence Colleges, in daily life at his rural Vermont home, and receiving the Congressional Gold Medal from President Kennedy.

Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Robert Frost, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Essential, integral experimental work from the late 1950s is an incredible dance of montage and super-imposition starring none other than New York City's various bridges, transforming them ... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Shirley Clarke
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A look at the horrors of Harlem ghetto slum life filled with drugs, violence, human misery, and a sense of despair due to the racial prejudices of American society.

Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Rony Clanton, Carl Lee, Yolanda Rodríguez
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An unscripted cinema verité allowing us a few minutes on what it is like at a Paris park--children playing, going on rides, feeding the animals at a petting zoo, watching a puppet show, etc. We also see men playing cards and croquet.

Director: Shirley Clarke
Bullfight (1955)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Clarke parallels the sense of spectacle and the real violence of an actual bullfight with a dance interpretation of the emotional experience, using a distillation of the ritual gestures in ... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Anna Sokolow
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Carmela Gutierrez, Paul Sanasardo
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A man dancing in a studio is inter-cut with the same dance in a setting on a beach and in the dunes.

Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Daniel Nagrin, Sylvia Marshall
Scary Time (1960)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In this suppressed UNICEF-sponsored polemic, Shirley Clarke juxtaposes school children in creepy Halloween costumes with scenes of poverty outside the USA.

Director: Shirley Clarke
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Warren Finnerty ... Leach
Jerome Raphael Jerome Raphael ... Solly
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Ernie
Jim Anderson Jim Anderson ... Sam
Carl Lee Carl Lee ... Cowboy
Barbara Winchester Barbara Winchester ... Sister Salvation
Henry Proach Henry Proach ... Harry
Roscoe Lee Browne ... J. J. Burden (as Roscoe Browne)
William Redfield ... Jim Dunn
Freddie Redd Freddie Redd ... Piano Player
Jackie McLean Jackie McLean ... Sax player
Larry Richie Larry Richie ... Drummer
Michael Mattos Michael Mattos ... Bass player
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Veras ... Siren
Edit

Storyline

Eight drug addicts are waiting for their connection in a New York apartment belonging to Leach. Jim Dunn, a budding filmmaker, has agreed to pay for the fix if the addicts will allow him to film the connection scene. After the men get their shots, they talk Dunn into trying heroin in order to understand the subject "first hand." He becomes ill and while sleeping, Leach takes an overdose that puts him into a coma. Dunn recovers, with the aid of the connection, and writes off the film as a failure. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

At Last! The Court Has Ruled! The Connection Is Not Obscene! Now You May See It! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Connection See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$167,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Similarly to the plot of the movie director Shirley Clarke did end up addicted to drugs that were introduced to her by long term partner Carl Lee who also appears in the film. See more »

Quotes

Leach: If man is transparent, then how do you account for his shadow?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Dated, stagey but still good
19 August 2003 | by advertsSee all my reviews

I don't know why anyone would call this realistic. It looks and feels like a play...the "acting", the overblown dialogue (almost Odets-like), etc. And unless you were a junkie in 1961, how would you know if it's realistic? And Sister Salvation? How could that possibly be real?! Noone is that clueless.

It's obviously dated for many reasons....the "lingo", the lack of serious profanity, the odd discussion of homosexuality.

Still, the film hooks you in...and I'm not exactly sure why. I guess it never really slows down. The camera tricks are cool, the band is great, some good dialogue. And the acting and characters are interesting, if not realistic.

Worth seeing...


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed