You da man, Jerry! French Connection is one of my all time favorite movies. I worked drug interdiction in the Benelux some 30 years ago and always wanted to get in a car chase like the scene from the movie. Never happened...but I still like Popeye Doyle. Not sure where Hackman is from, but I'm familiar with Danville, exit 220 on I-70. Spent a few nights at that FFI.
The night we met him, he willingly signed a movie poster that my buddy had Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman previously sign. What a great movie, if there is a better Western, you will need to start another thread! Note the poster in this picture, it was signed by all three stars of The Unforgiven.