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Prince of the City (1981)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  21 August 1981 (USA)
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A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Daniel Ciello
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Gus Levy
Richard Foronjy ...
Joe Marinaro
Don Billett ...
Bill Mayo
Kenny Marino ...
Dom Bando
Carmine Caridi ...
Gino Mascone
Tony Page ...
Raf Alvarez
Norman Parker ...
Rick Cappalino
Paul Roebling ...
Brooks Paige
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Santimassino
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District Attorney Polito
Steve Inwood ...
Mario Vincente
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Carla Ciello
Matthew Laurance ...
Ronnie Ciello
Tony Turco ...
Socks Ciello
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Storyline

New York City cop Daniel Ciello 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. Danny agrees as long as he does not have to turn in his partners but he soon learns that he cannot trust anyone and he must decide whose side he is on and who is on his. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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A cop is turning. Nobody's safe.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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21 August 1981 (USA)  »

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Prince of the City  »

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$8,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

To prepare for the role, Treat Williams spent a month with New York City police, participated in a drug bust and lived with Robert Leuci, the person on whom his character is based. See more »

Goofs

Near the start of the film when Dan is pushing his brother Ronnie around, there's a large crack on the wall (probably from a previous shot). After he pushes Ronnie near the wall, another large crack appears but Ronnie is never shown hitting the wall. See more »

Quotes

Rick Cappalino: You know something, you're lucky. Last night, you said you were going wired to that meeting. If you had, you'd now be part of the pasta e fagioli. What made you back off?
Daniel Ciello: I didn't. I got it all.
Rick Cappalino: You said Alagretti gave you a massage. Where'd you wear a wire?
Daniel Ciello: Right where I told that fat fuck. Under my balls!
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References All the President's Men (1976) See more »

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Great Flick: Why the War on Drugs is a Joke
18 August 2002 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

This is fine example of movie making and how shades of gray are everywhere. Highly recommended for intelligent viewers. Treat Williams has this role down Pat and for Law and Order fans probably the first time Jerry Orbach played a detective. This is a real life portrayal of the gritty big city drug trade and the interaction between cops, lawyers and DAs. and the way they all operate outside the law. The blue line is something the thinking man should be wary of.


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