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Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)

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A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.



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Sean Casey is the newest member of the district attorneys office and he is close to uncovering a police scandal that might involve his father Liam, who works for the NYPD. Then his father is critically wounded in a stake-out, Sean is chosen to prosecute the case. Written by Anonymous

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In a city of nine million people is there room for one honest man?


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nacht über Manhattan  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

ITL 1,200,304,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)


$9,881,286 (USA) (8 August 1997)

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Richard Dreyfuss's role is loosely based on the career of the late celebrity attorney William Kunstler. See more »


Sean Casey: You were a cop, Joe. Now you're a garbage! You are nothing!
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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Cop Killer!
23 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A newly elected district attorney (Andy Garcia) finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father (Ian Holm) and his partner.

This was a pretty good film. At first, I thought it was going to be about tracking down and then convicting the cop killer. But we find out that the killing, tracking and convicting are all accomplished relatively quickly, and only serve as a premise to open up the idea that certain police officers were working with the drug dealers.

This is very well scripted, very well acted. And knowing a little bit about police corruption, the story does not even seem far fetched. Though it does have its darkly comical moments, such as having the killer strip naked for reporters.

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