A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.
- Frankie's Man
- (as Brian Burke)
- Frankie's Man
- (as Michael Cunningham)
One of the best. And DeNiro's not in it.
Simply put, this movie is perfect. I live in NYC and the general air of it is caught perfectly on film. The people, the places, everything. I especially like the bluish tint used over a lot of the film. It definitely adds to the mood. The performances are incredible, even Burgess Meredith in the couple of minutes that he has onscreen. Sean Penn and Ed Harris together create an unbelievable amount of tension. I have to give them both kudos and especially Robin Wright, who turns in an excellent performance as the frustrated love interest who's connection to the life follows her no matter how far uptown she moves. No surprise when I say that Gary Oldman takes the cake for this one. He manages to outshine everyone around him, just like he did in the Professional. His performance is the driving force behind this movie and it is worth watching just to catch this legend in the making in one of his earlier roles. I cannot find one flaw in this movie and the slow motion finale is among the top five ending sequences ever. Every viewing reveals something else, something to make you appreciate this film even more. Catch this one if you haven't seen it, you won't be disappointed. My only regret is that I didn't see it while it was in theatrical release. One of the best gangster flicks, period. Rating: ***** out of *****.
- Mr Parker
- Jul 30, 1999
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