Prince of the City

Prince of the City

DVD - 2007 | Two-disc special ed.
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New York cop Daniel Ciello (inspired by real-life undercover narcotics cop Robert Leuci) is involved in some questionable police practices. He is approached by Internal Affairs and in exchange for him potentially being let off the hook, he is instructed to begin to expose the inner workings of police corruption.


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Sep 15, 2014

Director Sidney Lumet, who died in 2011 at the age of 86, worked for over six decades in multiple genres, but he often came back to crime. Two of his best films are "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Serpico" and his final film was the family crime drama "Before the Devil Knows Your Dead." Unlike Scorsese, he dealt as much with cops as criminals and this film, based on a true story, is about a detective who is coerced into testifying against fellow cops. It his some similarities with "Serpico," but is missing the dynamic lead performance of Al Pacino. Treat Williams is no Al Pacino. He's onscreen almost the entire time and he just can't carry the picture. The nearly 3-hour running time doesn't help and it drags, especially towards the end. It does feature some great NYC location shooting (they used around 130) and a rich supporting cast, including Jerry Orbach, Lindsay Crouse, Bob Balaban (with hair!), Lance Henriksen, and the "slacker" guy from "Back to the Future." It goes for the epic crime saga sweep of "The Godfather" or "Goodfellas," but isn't quite in their league. Also see "The French Connection," "Dirty Harry," "The Verdict," and "Q & A."


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