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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.

Director:

Irwin Winkler

Writers:

Gerald Kersh (novel), Richard Price (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Harry Fabian
Jessica Lange ... Helen Nasseros
Cliff Gorman ... Phil Nasseros
Alan King ... Ira 'Boom Boom' Grossman
Jack Warden ... Al Grossman
Eli Wallach ... Peck
Barry Primus ... Tommy Tessler
Gene Kirkwood Gene Kirkwood ... Resnick
Gerard Murphy Gerard Murphy ... Steel Jaw #1 (as Gerry Murphy)
Clem Caserta Clem Caserta ... Steel Jaw #2
Anthony Canarozzi Anthony Canarozzi ... Emmett Gorgon
David W. Butler David W. Butler ... John Bonney
Byron Utley ... Frisker at Disco Club
Margo Winkler Margo Winkler ... Judge Parker
Maurice Shrog Maurice Shrog ... Gym Manager
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La loi de la nuit See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,202,756
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was the Closing Night Film at the New York Film Festival in 1992. See more »

Quotes

Harry Fabian: This is like the Greyhound station for DEATH!
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Soundtracks

Wooly Bully
Written by Domingo Samudio (as Sam Samudio)
Performed by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
Courtesy of Polygram Special Markets a division of Polygram Group Distribution
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One Of De Niro's Worst
23 December 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

How did Robert De Niro go from a performance like Max Cady in "Cape Fear" to Harry Fabian in "Night And The City"?? One of his best to one of his worst.

Plot In A Paragraph: Harry Fabian is a fast-talking lawyer. He sues and settles, looking to make it big as he carries on an affair with the wife of the owner of his local hang out. While losing a case to a local mobster who fronts as a sports promoter, Fabian senses his future as a boxing promoter. For protection from the mobster, he recruits the boss's older brother as his "judge of talent" he books a hall, he orders posters. Soon he's in debt waiting for the big night to rake in the cash. His sweetheart wants to leave her husband, so she needs Fabian's help to get a liquor license to set up her own bar. All the while the mobster is still making trouble.

Jessica Lange and Jack Warden are the best actors on display here, even if you never understand Lange's characters loyalty to Fabian even after he ruined her dream. As for De Niro he seems to be trying far too hard, maybe it was poor directing?? And his acting in the Alley at the end is woeful.

The only reason I'm glad I watched this to the end was the fact that I got to hear Freddie Mercury sing 'The Great Pretender' over the closing credits which was a nice surprise.


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