The French Connection

1971, Movie, R, 104 mins


Everybody Loved Peter Boyle

We knew him as Frank Barone, the gruff grandpa who made merry mischief with his sons, his long-suffering wife Marie and his horrified in-laws for nine seasons on Everybody Loves Raymond. Also as the comical monster of Young Frankenstein, tapping and yowling to “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” And let’s not forget Clyde Bruckman, the wry, melancholy psychic who foresaw his own death (among others, including Mulder’s) in one of the most memorable X-Files episodes ever. It was for that X-Files guest shot that Peter Boyle won his Emmy in 1996, but he won America’s heart (and was nominated seven times) as the most curmudgeonly of the comic engines in the splendid ensemble cast of Everybody Loves Raymond, one of the last great classic TV comedies. His cranky rapport with Doris Roberts, who played Marie to his Frank, was so popular they reprised their roles for several retro Alka-Seltzer commercials after Raymond folded. It was great seeing them again, reminding us of h... read more


Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cool Hand Luke and The French Connection are among the 25 titles added this week to the National Film Registry, which was created by Congress in 1989 to preserve films of cultural, historical or artistic significance. I suspect Phoebe Cates in a bikini falls under "artistic." read more

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