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Release Date:
21 August 1981 (USA) See more »
A cop is turning. Nobody's safe.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 11 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Great Flick: Why the War on Drugs is a Joke See more (50 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Treat Williams ... Detective Daniel Ciello

Jerry Orbach ... 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

Bob Balaban ... Santimassino

James Tolkan ... Assistant U.S. Atty. George Polito
Steve Inwood ... Assistant U.S. Atty. Mario Vincente

Lindsay Crouse ... Carla Ciello

Matthew Laurance ... Ronnie Ciello
Tony Turco ... Socks Ciello
Ronald Maccone ... Nick Napoli (as Ron Maccone)

Ron Karabatsos ... Dave DeBennedeto
Tony DiBenedetto ... Officer Carl Alagretti
Tony Munafo ... Rocky Gazzo
Robert Christian ... The King
Lee Richardson ... Sam Heinsdorff

Lane Smith ... U.S. Marshal Tug Barnes
Cosmo Allegretti ... Marcel Sardino
Bobby Alto ... Mr. Kanter

Michael Beckett ... Michael Blomberg
Burton Collins ... Monty - Young Virginia Guard
Henry Ferrentino ... Older Virginia Guard (as Henry Ferrantino)
Carmine Foresta ... Officer Ernie Fallacci
Conard Fowkes ... Agent Elroy Pendleton

Peter Friedman ... D.A. Goldman

Peter Michael Goetz ... U.S. Attorney Charles Deluth

Lance Henriksen ... D.A. Burano

Eddie Jones ... U.S. Marshal Ned Chippy

Don Leslie ... D.A. Louis D'Amato
Dana Lorge ... Ann Mascone
Harry Madsen ... Agent Bubba Harris
E.D. Miller ... Sergeant Sam Edelman

Cynthia Nixon ... Jeannie

Ron Perkins ... Virginia Trooper

Lionel Pina ... Frank Sancho
José Angel Santana ... Jose (as Jose Santana)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Walter Brooke ... Judge (uncredited)
Richard Costabile ... Patrolman Ferguson (uncredited)
Peter Costanza ... Juror (uncredited)

Peter Gannon ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Alan King ... Himself (uncredited)

Ilana Rapp ... Beach Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
Jay Presson Allen (screenplay) and
Sidney Lumet (screenplay)

Robert Daley (book)

Produced by
Burtt Harris .... producer
Raymond Hartwick .... associate producer (as Ray Hartwick)
Jay Presson Allen .... executive producer
Original Music by
Paul Chihara 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Fitzstephens  (as John J. Fitzstephens)
Casting by
Joy Todd 
Production Design by
Tony Walton 
Art Direction by
Edward Pisoni 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr.  (as George DeTitta)
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
Makeup Department
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist (as Bob Jiras)
Philip Leto .... hair stylist (as Phil Leto)
Production Management
Barbara De Fina .... unit manager (as Barbara DeFina)
Raymond Hartwick .... production manager (as Ray Hartwick)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Hopkins .... assistant director
Robert E. Warren .... assistant director
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joseph Caracciolo)
Harold McConnell .... set dresser
William Sohmer .... standby scenic
Richard A. Ventre .... scenic artist (as Dick Ventre)
Gerald DeTitta .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Peter C. Frank .... supervising sound editor
Vito L. Ilardi .... boom man (as Vito Ilardi)
Hal Levinsohn .... sound editor
Dan Lieberstein .... sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer (as James J. Sabat)
Dick Vorisek .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
John Finnerty .... rigging grip
Louis Goldman .... still photographer
Jim Hovey .... first assistant camera (as James Hovey)
Dave McClean .... rigging gaffer
Billy Miller .... key grip
Michael Stone .... camera operator
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne David .... wardrobe (as Yvonne M.C. David)
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe
Max Soloman .... wardrobe (as Max Solomon)
Editorial Department
Peggy Weiss .... assistant editor
Location Management
June Rachel Guterman .... assistant location manager (as June Guterman)
Gaetano Lisi .... location manager
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation captain
Other crew
Lilith Jacobs .... assistant to director
Gabrielle Kelly .... assistant: Mrs. Allen
Jennifer Ogden .... production office coordinator
Martha Pinson .... script supervisor
Phillip Schopper .... title designer
Lucille Smith .... auditor (as Lucille Cannon)
Michael Sporn .... title designer
Crew verified as complete

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167 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

The lead role was originally offered to Al Pacino, who declined, feeling it was too similar to the character he'd played previously in Sidney Lumet's Serpico (1973).See more »
Continuity: Gino Mascone's wife's name is listed as Ann in the credits, but she is repeatedly referred to and addressed as Rose in the film.See more »
Daniel Ciello:I'll see you around.
The King:Do look likely.
Tug Barnes:Looks like we better add that one to the list
[of possible threats; referring to The King]
Tug Barnes:.
Daniel Ciello:He's not a doer, he's a talker, which is probably worse.
Tug Barnes:He talks, you deny
[referring to Ciello's upcoming testmonies in court]
Tug Barnes:.
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Referenced in The Catch (2007)See more »
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Great Flick: Why the War on Drugs is a Joke, 18 August 2002
Author: infosu from Toronto

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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