A family's moral codes are tested when Ray Tierney investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother-in-law. For Ray, the truth is revelatory, a Pandora's Box that threatens to upend not only the Tierney legacy but the entire NYPD.
A family of police officers - patriarch, two sons, and a son-in-law - deals with corruption in a precinct in Washington Heights. Four officers die in an ambush at a drug dealer's apartment. It's brother Francis's precinct, so when the investigation led by brother Ray finds hints of police corruption, there's pressure to close ranks and save Frankie's career. Dad, a police brass, promises Ray that he and Frankie can clean things up, and Ray should focus on catching the drug dealer who killed the cops. Meanwhile, brother-in-law Jimmy, a hothead and an enforcer, is visited at home by a lowlife. Is Jimmy involved in the corruption? Where can this take the family?Written by
Nick Nolte was originally cast as Francis Tierney, Sr., but an old knee injury flared up and Nolte found himself unable to perform when he came to the set. See more »
As Jimmy and Ray are preparing to fight in the bar, each places his badge and gun on the bar. Jimmys gun is still in its holster and we can see that his holster is one that threads through belt loops. Meaning for him to have removed the holster he would have had to take his belt, at least part way off. See more »
I have not shared this around. I talked to this broad, Lisette. She says it was a cop.
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Gavin O'Connor's 'Pride and Glory' is a well-made, dark, gritty, urban film that looks into corruption within the police force. Given the title, I was under the impression that this would be just another typical police drama but 'Pride and Glory' is almost noncompromising in its depiction. O'Connor and has crew seem to have gone out of their way to achieve authenticity in their film and they have succeeded for the most parts. The director's sincerity is also apparent as he steers clear from sentimentality.
His style of execution (cinematography, art direction, lighting and use of score) is very detailed. In addition, he has extracted some fine performances from his principle cast that includes Jon Voight, Edward Norton, Noah Emmerich and especially Colin Farrell (this is easily one of the best works of his career). The women do not have much to do but Jennifer Ehle stands out. John Ortiz and Frank Grillo lend strong support.
Of course 'Pride and Glory' is not without its share of drawbacks. It does risk being a little too Hollywood at times. For example, was it really necessary to have a boxing-wrestling bar-fight sequence near the end? The story too at times loses focus as it occasionally slips towards unnecessary side stories.
Yet, 'Pride and Glory' is still effective. It's gripping, brutal, well acted and decently directed.
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