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"The French Connection III" with Gene Hackman and Richard Pryor
I think even the most ardent fan of "The French Connection Part II" would admit that it is not the equal of the first film, but there was something about Popeye Doyle that really registered with film fans, and Fox seemed determined to lure Hackman back for one more film as the character. A script was written that would have pitted Popeye against international terrorists while pairing him with a new partner played by Richard Pryor. The film never happened, but the script was later reworked into the Sylvester Stallone movie "Nighthawks."
Which reminds me...