The French Connection (1971) Filming Locations

Location #1: Opening sequence

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Rue du Vallon des Auffes, Marseille, France

Location #2: Fonfon


At 140 Rue du Vallon des Auffes, Marseille, France

Location #3: La Samaritaine


2 Quai du Port, Marseille, France

Location #4: The french agent going home


Montée des Accoules, Marseille, France

Location #5: The french agent going home (cont’d)


Rue Baussenque, Marseille, France

6 thoughts on “The French Connection (1971) Filming Locations

  1. Lindley Farley

    Hi Nick,
    I see you cited my location for Roy’s Bar in THE FRENCH CONNECTION, but it was not on Bushwick Ave as you have above. It was on the east side of Myrtle Ave. between Broadway and Lewis Ave (I had found the exact address in a 1970 phone book at the NYPL). Where the bar and bowling alley once stood is now an empty lot, and basically around the corner from what was The Oasis bar/now Chinese restaurant at 912 Broadway where the Santa Claus foot chase begins. What made finding the Roy’s Bar location confusing was using the Myrtle Ave. el as a reference point. A major part of the el was torn down in the late 1970s (originally it extended all the way to Flatbush Ave – you can check a 1970s subway map online), so where Roy’s Bar and Duplex Bowling alley once stood is exactly where today the el line ends on Lewis Ave.
    Lindley Mitch Farley

  2. Paul

    The “vanished abrupt road” in location 53 was actually Little Hell Gate Bridge. It was demolished in the 1990s and replaced by Central Road because the Little Hell Gate had filled with sand over the years, and the bridge had become obsolete.

  3. skeetmotis

    Parts of the “French Connection” car chase scenes (where Popeye is in his car, following the elevated subway) were filmed in Ridgewood (Queens, NYC):

    DVD time 1:15:00 to 1:15:20 — (1) on Palmetto St., right onto Onderdonk Ave., left onto Woodbine St.

    DVD time 1:15:45 to 1:15:55 — (2) on Putnam Ave., passing 60th St.

    (3) on Putnam Ave., passing Stier Pl. (the Ridgewood Democratic Club is seen in the background)

    (4) on Putnam Ave., left onto Forest Ave., right onto Putnam Ave., going under the Forest Avenue “M” train station.

  4. Richard

    I’m curious if in the final scene, number 54, if you or anyone can tell what exactly that brick building/s was or used to be? I mean yeah you can see it was Wards Island but the location(buildings) was so dilapidated and creepy looking, especially the insides, not to mention trash filled from illegal dumping no doubt, I was just curious to know more about it, like the history and what is was etc. I’ve been looking online and all I’ve been able to find so far is that the final scene was on Wards Island near the Hell’s Gate Bridge, not the more detailed info I was hoping to find about the place. Any more info would be very interesting indeed.

    1. Frank G

      Apologies for the delayed response time. I came across this site just recently. I worked on Wards Island back in the 80’s when the building still stood. The building and property were owned by the New York City Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) which operates a sewage treatment plant on Wards Island. The DEP referred to the building as “The Bakery”. I couldn’t resist the temptation to explore the building. It was at a remote location, abandoned years before, and largely forgotten. The exterior was overgrown with vegetation; nature slowly reclaiming its property. The interior looked the same as it did in the movie; broken tiles, rubble and debris everywhere.

      Since the 1800’s, Wards Island was a home for a number of social institutions including a “Lunatic Asylum” (pre-political correctness), a state mental hospital, a refuge for disabled civil war veterans, and a reform school to name a few. I don’t know for sure, but most likely the bakery provided baked goods for one or more of these institutions.

      In the early 1930’s, construction began on the Triborough Bridge. The Manhattan approach ran straight across Randall’s and Wards Island. At about the same time, Robert Moses was also developing much of Randall’s and Wards Island into parks. As a result of all this construction and subsequent change, many of the institutions were closed and the buildings demolished. Most likely, with the residents relocated, there was no longer a need for a bakery. Since the bakery was not located near the construction sites, it was probably just abandoned, forgotten, and left to deteriorate. In his book “The Power Broker”, Robert Caro gives a brief but interesting history of Wards Island.

      In the late 1980’s, the sewage treatment plant was upgraded and expanded. As part of the upgrade, the bakery was demolished to make room for the expansion.

  5. Michael Towers

    Back in the mid 70s I drove out to Wards Island looking for the final scene location, and followed a road leading to the Hellgate Bridge. We went in and took a bunch of pictures. For a long time I thought that the building was used by the Fire Department, either for storage or for fire suppression practice. However, I did see a post that the building was the Randall’s Island Bakery.


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