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Prince of the City

  • Film

Time Out says

Dealing with drugs, cops and corruption, this is Serpico all over again, but revised, enlarged and immeasurably improved. All moral certainties have gone, leaving instead a can of worms where questions of friendship, loyalty and honesty are redefined in the ambiguous light of corruption as a NY police officer (Williams), inspired by an indefinable mixture of reformist zeal, guilty self-loathing, and sheer delight in the opportunity for headline exploits, turns informer on behalf of the DA's commission of enquiry. An astonishing in-depth portrait of the interlocking worlds of police and hoodlum results, with no punches pulled and no easy solutions. Lumet isn't noted as the most cinematic of directors; but here the intricate mosaic structure he developed in Dog Day Afternoon generates a dynamism entirely its own, with the invisible mise en scène guaranteed by the galvanising interplay of New York locations and a brilliant ensemble cast.
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Release Details

  • Duration:167 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Sidney Lumet
  • Screenwriter:Jay Presson Allen, Sidney Lumet
  • Cast:
    • Treat Williams
    • Jerry Orbach
    • Richard Foronjy
    • Don Billett
    • Kenny Marino
    • Carmine Caridi
    • Tony Page
    • Lindsay Crouse
    • Bob Balaban
    • James Tolkan
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