Prince of the City

Prince of the City

Streaming Video - 1981
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Treat Williams ("Once Upon a Time in America") portrays special investigator Danny Ciello, in this epic film from Sidney Lumet ("Serpico," "The Verdict") about a New York detective who turns state's evidence and is plunged into a nightmare of conflicting moral issues. Awarded the 1981 N.Y. Film Critic's Award for Best Director, Oscar-nominated, and one of that year's ten-best films, Rex Reed calls this "a great film indeed that sends you out of the cinema wasted, charged, and demanding answers." With Jerry Orbach ("Law & Order"), Lindsay Crouse ("Places in the Heart") and Bob Balaban ("Absence of Malice").
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Bros. : Made available through hoopla, 1981.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 168 min.)) : sd., col.


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Sep 15, 2014

Director Sidney Lumet, who died in 2011 at the age of 86, worked for over six decades in multiple genres, but he often came back to crime. Two of his best films are "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Serpico" and his final film was the family crime drama "Before the Devil Knows Your Dead." Unlike Scorsese, he dealt as much with cops as criminals and this film, based on a true story, is about a detective who is coerced into testifying against fellow cops. It his some similarities with "Serpico," but is missing the dynamic lead performance of Al Pacino. Treat Williams is no Al Pacino. He's onscreen almost the entire time and he just can't carry the picture. The nearly 3-hour running time doesn't help and it drags, especially towards the end. It does feature some great NYC location shooting (they used around 130) and a rich supporting cast, including Jerry Orbach, Lindsay Crouse, Bob Balaban (with hair!), Lance Henriksen, and the "slacker" guy from "Back to the Future." It goes for the epic crime saga sweep of "The Godfather" or "Goodfellas," but isn't quite in their league. Also see "The French Connection," "Dirty Harry," "The Verdict," and "Q & A."


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