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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.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

Robert Daley (novel), Sidney Lumet (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Garcia ... Sean Casey
Ian Holm ... Liam Casey
James Gandolfini ... Joey Allegretto
Lena Olin ... Peggy Lindstrom
Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Jordan Washington
Colm Feore ... Elihu Harrison
Ron Leibman ... Morgenstern
Richard Dreyfuss ... Sam Vigoda
Dominic Chianese ... Judge Impelliteri
Paul Guilfoyle ... McGovern
Bonnie Rose ... Instructor
Norman Matlock ... Detective
Sidney Armus Sidney Armus ... Judge
James Murtaugh ... Man in Asylum (as Jim Murtaugh)
Melba Martinez Melba Martinez ... Legal Aid Attorney
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Storyline

Sean Casey is the newest member of the District Attorney's office and he is close to uncovering a police scandal that might involve his father Liam, who works for the N.Y.P.D. Then his father is critically wounded in a stake-out, Sean is chosen to prosecute the case.

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Real-life attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Bruce Cutler were mentioned by name as desirable senior mentor figures for a class of New York City Assistant District Attorneys. 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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It's not
11 February 1999 | by MankinSee all my reviews

"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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Marietta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,933,255, 18 May 1997

Gross USA:

$9,889,670

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,889,670
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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