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Writer (WGA):
Daniel Helfgott (written by)
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13 August 2000 (USA) See more »
A spine-chilling thriller about a courageous young reporter who risks his life and career to go deep into police abuse within homicide. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rob Morrow ... Jonathan Neumann

Randy Quaid ... Phil Chadway

Paul Sorvino ... Frank Rizzo

Cynthia Preston ... Kate Johnson

G.W. Bailey ... K.C.

Al Waxman ... Art Zugler
Beau Starr ... Detective Marshall

Barry Wiggins ... Detective King

Chuck Shamata ... Vinnie

Louis Di Bianco ... Deep Nightstick

Melissa DiMarco ... Sandra Durano
Bruce McFee ... Detective Harris

Joe Pingue ... Detective Regossi

Philip Granger ... John Reilly
Hayley Tyson ... Sharon Chadway
Patrick Patterson ... Chief Inspector Golden

Christian Potenza ... Danny O'Brien
Richard Clarkin ... Scala
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ryan Rajendra Black ... Alberto (as Ryan Black)

Joanne Boland

Michael Copeman ... Jack Reynolds

Jason Jones ... Prosecutor

Kelsa Kinsly ... Reporter
Chantal Lonergan ... Chelsea
Mayumi Rinas ... Mrs. Gonzalez

Juan Carlos Velis ... Miguel Gonzalez

Scott Walker ... Fire Chief

Directed by
Roger Young 
Writing credits
Daniel Helfgott (written by)

Produced by
Daniel Helfgott .... executive producer
Fritzi Horstman .... associate producer
Janet Turner .... executive producer
Roger Young .... executive producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
Donald M. Morgan 
Film Editing by
Benjamin A. Weissman 
Casting by
Victoria Burrows 
Stephanie Gorin 
Production Design by
Jeff Ginn 
Set Decoration by
Kent McIntyre 
Costume Design by
Ruth Secord 
Makeup Department
Rachel Affolter .... assistant makeup artist
Vann E. Gouweleeuw .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Daniel Hank .... production manager: Philadelphia
Ross Leslie .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Binney .... second assistant director
Gregory Bolton .... third assistant director
Michal Page .... third assistant director
David Vaughan .... first assistant director (as David Vaughn)
Art Department
Jason Herriott .... key scenic
Garry Honcharuk .... property master
Mark Kravjansky .... props
Paul Lenart .... lead set dresser
Erica Milo .... sets buyer
Sound Department
Suzanne Angel .... adr supervisor
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
G. Michael Graham .... supervising sound editor
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert C. Shannon .... water safety
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Barg .... best boy electric
Gabriele DiChiara .... gaffer
Ava Gerlitz .... still photographer
Mike Gowland .... generator operator
Mark Hewson .... electrician
Alex Jordan .... lighting technician
Mark Silver .... key grip
Glen Treilhard .... focus puller
Kit Whitmore .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Sylvia Grant .... assistant editor
Craig Hayes .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Penka Kouneva .... lead orchestrator
Stephen M. Rowe .... music editor
Other crew
Heather Anderson .... assistant: Rob Morrow
Tera Goldblatt .... production assistant
Susan James .... assistant production coordinator
Winnifred Jong .... script supervisor
Danny Pawlick .... dialect coach
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Alison Wells .... unit publicist
Ralph Berge .... production executive (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence and language
97 min
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Disappoints, 5 August 2002
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

People couldn't wait for Rizzo to be elected mayor of Philadelphia. He was a popular, inarticulate, authoritarian Chief of Police. (He's the chief that Sidney Poitier talks to on the phone in "In The Heat of the Night.") The city had become positively dangerous by the early 1970s. I lived there at the time and was repeatedly burglarized, as some of my friends were repeatedly raped (on campus at the University of Pennsylvania, and in their dorm rooms too). The liquor store I patronized had bullet holes in its windows. Most shop keepers in my neighborhood either carried pistols in their belts or kept them hidden under the counter. It was like Dodge City without Wyatt Earp. So Rizzo was elected. And, as promised, he reduced the crime rate, although the streets never really became safe again. He reduced the crime rate in two ways. One -- and I'm guessing at this -- is by bringing pressure on his police officers not to officially report crimes brought to their attention. I'm guessing that this is true because the process of recording or not recording index crimes according to political circumstances is universal. It can affect the number of crimes one way or another by forty percent or more. The second way, as shown in this film, is simply by permitting the already existing violence by the police force to increase unchecked. Clobber them. And yet the film disappoints. Rob Morrow is an interesting actor, and Paul Sorvino does fine as Frank Rizzo, one of whose first acts as mayor was to appoint his brother as head of the Fire Department. ("It's a total surprise!" said the delighted brother at the time.) But that's about it as far as the film's virtues go. It's a rather low-budget "All the President's Men," without any of that film's strong points. The script is done pretty much by the numbers. The direction is poor in many respects, including camera placement. A scene involving a conversation between Morrow and another character seems to have been shot from across the street, so there are constantly vehicles passing between us and them, which is unnecessary and annoying. The dialogue is mundane. There are hints of past evildoings that sound like made-up threats. If Lumet had got hold of this, things might have happened. As it is, well -- if there's nothing else on, and you don't expect too much....

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