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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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Ronnie Ciello
Tony Turco ...
Socks Ciello
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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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Budget:

$8,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,713, 23 August 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,124,257
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Brian De Palma who had originally been slated to direct, had worked on the script for over a year before being replaced by Sidney Lumet See more »

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When Barnes is picking up the Ciello family at their home, Barnes puts his hat - a brown fedora - on Ciello's young child's head. In the next shot, when Barnes takes his hat back from the child, it is not the fedora he had just put on the child but instead is a dark hunting hat with a long baseball cap like bill and no brim. See more »

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Mr. Kanter: Gentlemen, I am gonna tear this town apart. And I'm gonna start with the French Connection ripoff. And the reason I'm gonna start with the French Connection ripoff is because it's a goddamn outrage, and I have already promised myself that it's going to be solved. So what you are gonna do gentlemen, is you're gonna make my word good. The target is cops, the weapon is indictments. And I don't give one infinitesimal fuck if they are indictments that will stick or not. Because to a cop any ...
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Love Will Keep Us Together
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Written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
Performed by Captain & Tennille
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Great Flick: Why the War on Drugs is a Joke
18 August 2002 | by 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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