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'Against the Wall': Treat Williams comes full circle as on-screen cop

1 July 2011 12:27 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Treat Williams has the police on his mind a lot these days.

The "Everwood" veteran returns to series work in Lifetime's "Against the Wall," premiering Sunday, July 31. He plays the patriarch of a Chicago family of cops, and he's also about to revisit one of his career milestones: the true, police-corruption-themed 1981 drama "Prince of the City." Williams will participate in a screening of the movie Sunday, July 24, as part of a tribute to the late director Sidney Lumet at New York's Lincoln Center.

"Against the Wall" revolves around a police detective (Australian-born Rachael Carpani) whose new job as an Internal Affairs investigator doesn't please her longtime-cop father (Williams). Her mother ("Picket Fences" Emmy winner Kathy Baker) tries to keep peace within the family, which also includes a trio of policeman sons.

"I think it was George C. Scott who said, years ago, that it's more interesting to play a character »


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Five of Sidney Lumet's Lesser-Known Films Worth Seeking Out

14 April 2011 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Only days ago "The Deadly Affair" arrived at my doorstep, yet another of Sidney Lumet's films I had never seen before since having been born two-thirds of the way into the director's legendary career, it's always been a game of catch-up. Then again, it was that way for most in his field, even if they were contemporaries.

After passing away far too soon at the age of 86, Lumet leaves behind a half-century-long career that will no doubt be scrutinized for being inconsistent, a richly ironic assessment given that in person and on film, he was known as a straight shooter, and perhaps one of the only filmmakers who could say their final film ("Before the Devil Knows You're Dead") was as vital and strong as their first ("12 Angry Men"). However, that certainly isn't the only reason why Lumet was a rarity.

In a world full of auteurs, Lumet was a collaborator, »

- Stephen Saito

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