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Night and the City (1992)

The story about a cheating and incompetent lawyer (Harry Fabian) who suddenly gets obsessed on becoming a boxing promoter.

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Robert DeNiro and Jessica Lange are the most impossible couple. He's a failed lawyer. She's a common waitress. Together they get in a downward spiral, as they can't seem to deal with their problems. The lawyer just failed winning a case in court against a famous boxing organizer and he wants revenge by catching the organizer on his own territory: boxing. Although he knows nothing about boxing, with his fine talk he finds the help of a couple of people like the brother of his new enemy. But the relationship with his waitress doesn't make things double as hard. Written by info@edwinvanoorschot.nl

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When you're down to your last dream, you either live it or lose it.

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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23 October 1992 (USA)  »

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La loi de la nuit  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,202,756 (USA)
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In the original draft, Harry Fabian (Robert De Niro) is killed by a stab wound at the end of the movie, which stayed true to the original Jules Dassin film's ending. This was changed later during production. See more »

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Peck: Harry, you ever hear of Murphy's Law? Anything that can go wrong WILL go wrong. That law was dedicated to guys like you.
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Version of Night and the City (1950) See more »

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Shoulder To Shoulder
Written by Vini Poncia and Alfredo Scotti
Performed by Stone Cherry
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Sometimes words aren't enough…
16 January 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An ambulance chasing lawyer decides to become a boxing promoter in NYC. However he comes into conflict with money lenders and the local mob. He finds that his talk and promises are meaningless unless he can back them up and he digs himself into deeper trouble with every word.

This is a very low key NY drama in De Niro's career - more typical of the bottom feeders he played in the 70's than the powerful mob figures he has played more recently. This has a depressing feel of inevitability about it

  • you can see the problems in Fabian's plans long before they happen, giving


the film a feel of small time from the very start. This isn't a story about small time making it big, rather a story of a hustler who talks himself into a corner. The story is therefore quite compelling, despite it being very low key, the only weakness being the romance subplot and the fact that it is quite depressing.

De Niro is good as Fabian, his best scenes are when he's talking, trying to create something that isn't. However his character isn't totally believable and when it all comes falling down it isn't that well done. Jessica Lange is good but doesn't have that much to do and again her character isn't convincing when the bad times come. Support is good from the likes of Eli Wallach, Jack Warner, Alan King and others.

Overall this is a good film with an overall air of realism. Not one of De Niro's best and indeed it has it's weaknesses but it's quite good.


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