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Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)

R | | Crime, Drama | 16 May 1997 (USA)
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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Man in Asylum (as Jim Murtaugh)
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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 »

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Nacht über Manhattan  »

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

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$9,881,286 (USA) (8 August 1997)
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Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis wrote the original score for the film but was replaced by Mark Isham after the film's preview screening which featured the film's original upbeat ending instead of the one Isham would re-score with the downbeat ending. See more »

Quotes

Sean Casey: You were a cop, Joe. Now you're a garbage! You are nothing!
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References Charlie Rose (1991) See more »

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"Night Falls on Manhattan" (meaningless title:**1/2 out of ****). A politically ambitious chief district attorney (Ron Leibman) assigns an upcoming young assistant D.A. (Andy Garcia) the task of prosecuting. Things proceed so smoothly in the first hour for our young hero that you just know that embarrassing revelations are going to come crashing down around him in the second hour, which they do.

This is familiar turf for veteran filmaker Sidney Lumet, and he has made a fairly compelling film, despite the miscasting of British Holm and Cuban Garcia as father and son, respectively, although Holm does manage an amazingly authentic Queens accent. Leibman overacts outrageously as the head D.A.; one wonders how anyone as abrasive as he is would be able to get so far!

Some sequences are a little too pat for comfort. Still "Manhattan" makes for engrossing if predictable drama, exploring once again the extent to which the cumbersome wheels of justice have to be manipulated. Richard Dreyfuss is pretty good in a surprisingly small role as the drug dealers's Dershowitz-like defense attorney, who turns out to be more willing to bend the rules than you would expect, considering his primary motive for taking the case.


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