Prince of the City

1981

Crime / Drama

7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 7302

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Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
January 24, 2021 at 01:24 PM

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Cast

Lance Henriksen as D.A. Burano
Treat Williams as Detective Daniel Ciello
Cynthia Nixon as Jeannie
Lindsay Crouse as Carla Ciello
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1.5 GB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
2 hr 47 min
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2.79 GB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
2 hr 47 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jmorrison-2 9 / 10

Unforgettable Movie

Really, a stunning, unforgettable movie. This movie outlined very well the pitfalls, traps and emotional traumas associated with this type of betrayal. Although Danny Ciello wanted to cleanse himself and do the right thing, the path to that was to bring down the cop family, the close, tightly knit unit that he was part of. The tales he told had life-and-death implications for all involved, and may have been more than he bargained for.

Treat Williams was tremendous in this, although I must indicate my one complaint with the movie. That was in Williams' occasional overacting. The pain and emotion mostly was silently played out by Williams. The wrenching, emotional toll was plain to see and sense, even on a tough cop's stoic face. However, Williams occasionally went emotionally berserk, ostensibly to indicate the depth of his turmoil. This is a minor complaint, though. Actually his performance in this was astonishing.

There is a scene in the movie where Danny goes out in the night to help a junkie informant. The junkie is sick and desperate. He has nowhere else to turn except his cop handler, Danny. Danny finds himself in the position of having to get his informant his fix to keep him from getting violently sick. Danny finds himself running around in the rain and mud, ripping off another sick junkie of his stash. This junkie is desperate, too, and his cries dig deep into Danny as he rips him off. Later, when he takes the junkie home, his wife/girlfriend gets the drugs, disappears into the bathroom and takes them. When the junkie breaks into the bathroom, she tells him that the drugs were junk, and she flushed them down the toilet. The junkie is back where he started, and he begins beating her. Danny stands there, soaking wet and muddy, stunned by what is happening, and what he is out there doing. This simple scene is played out very well, and Treat Williams stands there with the revulsion and heartbreak played out on his face. This is not what he is supposed to be doing; this is not what he became a cop for.

A well-directed, well-acted movie.

Reviewed by emvan 10 / 10

A Lost Masterpiece?

A few years after this was in the theaters, it was shown on TV over two nights. I remember reading that a significant amount of footage that had been cut for the theatrical version would be restored for the TV showing. That piqued my curiosity, so I watched -- and was completely blown away.

But what amazed me the most was that I couldn't spot one scene that could be taken out of the movie without seriously compromising it. Since I knew it had been cut and restored, I was pointedly looking for stand-alone scenes that only fleshed out the characters but weren't integral to the extremely complex storyline. There weren't any. Every single scene contained some important bit of information that cast light on and helped make sense of something elsewhere in the movie.

Ever since then, I've been patiently waiting for this director's cut to show up on VHS, LD, or DVD -- and refusing to watch the theatrical cut! It's been 15 years and I'm still waiting. But I would certainly think that eventually this will come out on DVD, and we can al hope and pray that it will do so in the full version.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

I like it but it's too long

Danny Ciello (Treat Williams) is a narcotics officer in the Special Investigations Unit of the New York City Police Department. He buys information from his junkie informer with drugs. Gus Levy (Jerry Orbach) is his trusted partner. The unit uses numerous illegal tactics to get the convictions which crosses into self enrichment. They work almost unsupervised and are called Princes of the City. Danny often crosses the blurry boundary himself. The anti-corruption commission recruits him and he accepts after seeing the result of his informer's shattered life. He starts wearing a wire to collect evidence against his own unit.

There is a lot to like about this from director Sidney Lumet. It's got the sense of the events and the people. It is too extended. The story kinda grinds me down which is similar to how it grinds Danny down. As for Treat Williams' performance, I mostly like it but sometimes he tries too hard. Overall, this is a good police corruption movie but it's too long.

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