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Prince of the City (1981)

R | | Crime, Drama | 21 August 1981 (USA)
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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Detective Gus Levy
Richard Foronjy ...
Detective Joe Marinaro
Don Billett ...
Detective Bill Mayo
Kenny Marino ...
Dom Bando
Carmine Caridi ...
Detective Gino Mascone
Tony Page ...
Detective Raf Alvarez
Norman Parker ...
Assistant U.S. Atty. Rick Cappalino
Paul Roebling ...
Assistant U.S. Atty. Brooks Paige
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Santimassino
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Assistant U.S. Atty. George Polito
Steve Inwood ...
Assistant U.S. Atty. Mario Vincente
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Carla Ciello
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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

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21 August 1981 (USA)  »

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El príncipe de la ciudad  »

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$8,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Sidney Lumet only briefly has a shot of the sky. All other shots are in the dark, inside or gloomy. 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

Daniel Ciello: You bastards, it's, it's you guys who run the whole fucking thing! You run it! Starting with assistant DA's who plea bargain murder one down to a misdemeanor. Or lawyers wearing 400 dollar suits who come up to cops in hallways and say, "Hey pal, listen, this case doesn't mean shit. Here's 50 dollars. Here's a hundred dollars. Five hundred dollars. Fifteen thousand dollars. Fifteen thousand dollars! Fuck, I mean, we know how you guys become judges. You pay 50 thousand and zap you're wearing ...
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Referenced in Tales from the Future: In the Beginning (2010) See more »

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Love Will Keep Us Together
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Fantastic Police Drama
17 August 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Many people consider this movie to be one of the greatest police dramas ever made. It definitely looks and feels real. But many people have never even heard of this film. It's high time it was released on DVD with all the toppings because it was directed by Sidney Lumet, who is one of the greatest directors in modern day cinema. The film is based on a true story that happened throughout the 70's concerning a narc who out of the clear blue sky had a change of heart and decided to drop a dime on his entire squad. The story concerns him testifying not only against his former co-workers, but corrupt lawyers, bail bondsmen and the mob. Treat Williams, who plays the lead character is a dynamite actor who has never gotten the credit he deserves. Sure he's been around forever and has an impressive resume, but a lot of people have never even heard of this guy. As for the movie itself, even though it's about a special investigative unit in the New York City police department, there isn't much action here like you see in other police films. It's mostly dialogue that comes across as realistic and powerful. This is not a movie for children. The fact that it's based on a true story makes it look all the more real. If you liked Jerry Orbach on LAW & ORDER, then you'll like him here.

Score, 8 out of 10 Stars


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