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Prince of the City

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A powerful drama based on the account of Robert Daley of the New York Commission Investigations of police corruption.


Studio Warner
SKU 204086642
UPC 085393184926
UPC 14 00085393184926
Format DVD
Release Date 5/22/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
Name Williams,Treat
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Cast & Crew
Andrzej Bartkowiak - Cinematographer
Burtt Harris - Producer
Jack Fitzstephens - Editor
Jay Presson Allen - Executive Producer
Jay Presson Allen - Screenplay
Jerry Orbach - Actor
Lance Henriksen - Actor
Paul Chihara - Original Music By
Richard Foronjy - Actor
Robert Daley - Based On Book By
Sidney Lumet - Director
Sidney Lumet - Screenplay
Tony Walton - Production Designer
Treat Williams - Actor
Nominee (1982) Golden Globe, Sidney Lumet, Best Director - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Prince of the City, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Treat Williams, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama,Oscar, Jay Presson Allen, Sidney Lumet, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Winner (1981) Venice Film Festival, Sidney Lumet, Pasinetti Award - Best Film
Review Prince of the City is very lengthy at nearly three hours. The proliferation of cops, crooks, and feds becomes bewildering. There's also a certain repetition to the story, as Ciello goes on yet another dangerous mission wearing a wire, explains himself yet again to the understandably skeptical feds, etc...How you regard the film may depend on how much sympathy you have for Ciello. Is he rat who would sell out his mother to save his skin? Or is he a mostly honest cop who wishes to redeem his career? The more the film tries to suggest the latter, the more it seems that Ciello is just a corrupt cop who blew the whistle when he was caught. He is put through hell, and lied to by the Feds. But it is a trap of his own making.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review This is a movie that literally hinges on the issue of perjury. And Sidney Lumet and his co-writer, Jay Presson Allen, have a great deal of respect for the legal questions involved. There is a sustained scene in this movie that is one of the most spellbinding I can imagine, and it consists entirely of government lawyers debating whether a given situation justifies a charge of perjury. Rarely are ethical issues discussed in such detail in a movie, and hardly ever so effectively...Prince of the City is a very good movie and, like some of its characters, it wants to break your heart. Maybe it will. It is about the ways in which a corrupt modern city makes it almost impossible for a man to be true to the law, his ideals, and his friends, all at the same time. The movie has no answers. Only horrible alternatives.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Williams,Treat
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Dragan Antulov, Rec.Arts.Movies.Reviews ...a whole variety of different acting talents, each of them shining in small, but effective roles.
Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice One of 1980's most value-laden and riveting films...a compelling portrait...
Variety ...uniformly top-rate performances from a cannily-cast stable of solid character actors.

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