Daily Dialogue — March 25, 2019

“All right, Popeye’s here! Get your hands on your heads, get off the bar, and get on the wall!”

The French Connection (1971), screenplay by Ernest Tidyman, book by Robin Moore

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The Daily Dialogue theme for the week: Police.

Trivia: An article quoted some of the performers as admitting that they pretty much ignored the dialog in the script and used terms and phrases the police advisers gave to them during rehearsals. Ironically, the screenplay won an Oscar. (Note: Owen Roizman, the film’s cinematographer, maintains that the dialog in the finished film is almost exactly the same as that in the screenplay he read during production).

Dialogue On Dialogue: The relationship with Chirlot. This type of police work is both stimulating and humanizing.

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