Popeye Doyle (film)

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Popeye Doyle
  • Mystery
  • Crime
  • Drama
  • Thriller
Written byRichard Di Lello[1]
Directed byPeter Levin
StarringEd O'Neill
Candy Clark
Matthew Laurance
James Handy
Theme music composerBrad Fiedel[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerRobert Singer
ProducerRichard Di Lello
Production locationsNew York City
CinematographyReginald H. Morris
EditorsTerence Anderson
Skip Schoolnik
Running time97 minutes
Production companiesDecember 3rd Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 7, 1986 (1986-09-07)

Popeye Doyle is an American 1986 television film starring Ed O'Neill as New York City police detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle.[2] The film is a sequel to the feature films The French Connection (1971) and French Connection II (1975), in which Doyle had been played by Gene Hackman; Hackman had won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The French Connection.[2] Popeye Doyle was originally intended as a pilot episode for a series called Popeye Doyle, but the series was not picked up.

The character of Popeye Doyle is based on a real-life New York City police detective, Eddie Egan, who had appeared in The French Connection as Walt Simonson, Doyle's supervisor.[3]


New York City police Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle investigates the case of a murdered model, which leads him on the trail of a gang of terrorists and a drug cartel of international smugglers.


  1. ^ a b "Popeye Doyle Production Credits". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2015. Archived from the original on July 13, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Hal Erickson (2015). "Popeye Doyle". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 23, 2015.
  3. ^ "Eddie Egan Biography". Yahoo!.

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