Night Falls on Manhattan

Overview

A lawyer discovers just how fine the line between good and evil can be in this drama based on the novel Tainted Evidence by Robert Daley. When a carefully-planned bust of drug dealer Jordan Washington Shiek Mahmud-Bey goes sour, a shootout between Washington and officers from three precincts leaves a number of cops dead or wounded. Washington escapes in the confusion, but he turns himself in on the advice of gadfly lawyer Sam Vigoda Richard Dreyfuss. District Attorney Morgenstern Ron Leibman appoints Sean Casey ...
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Overview

A lawyer discovers just how fine the line between good and evil can be in this drama based on the novel Tainted Evidence by Robert Daley. When a carefully-planned bust of drug dealer Jordan Washington Shiek Mahmud-Bey goes sour, a shootout between Washington and officers from three precincts leaves a number of cops dead or wounded. Washington escapes in the confusion, but he turns himself in on the advice of gadfly lawyer Sam Vigoda Richard Dreyfuss. District Attorney Morgenstern Ron Leibman appoints Sean Casey Andy Garcia, a former cop new to trial law, to prosecute the case, less for his legal expertise than because Sean's father, Liam Ian Holm, was one of the injured officers, guaranteeing good press. Despite Vigoda's allegations of widespread police corruption, Sean scores an easy victory in the case; Washington is behind bars, and the young lawyer's career is on the rise; however, the discovery of a dead body confirms suspicions that Vigoda's allegations have a basis in fact, and Sean learns that his father may be in on a police cover-up. Night Falls on Manhattan also features Lena Olin as Sean's girlfriend and James Gandolfini as Liam's partner.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
This greatly underrated film from director Sidney Lumet does what the legendary filmmaker does best: a gritty New York story full of moral compromise, political backbiting, and looming violence. If at times the film sprawls and feels more like the feature-length pilot for a Law & Order-style TV drama, at least it must be conceded that it would be a show worth watching. The lead character of a crusading lawyer who is shocked at a web of corruption he uncovers comes across as a bit too naïve and lacking in street smarts for someone in his position. But the sometimes overly subtle, reductive quality of actor Andy Garcia serves the role well, making his lack of perspicacity more a badge of honor than a mark of shame. Ron Leibman delivers a stellar, powerful performance as an outrageously flamboyant D.A. with raging ambition and political savvy bordering on sleaze, joining a remarkable supporting cast that also includes James Gandoflini, Lena Olin, Ian Holm, Colm Feore, and Richard Dreyfuss. If it's certainly not on par with his greatest, classic works, neither is Night Falls on Manhattan 1997 one of Lumet's out-and-out train wrecks; for a serious artist such as he, even a middling affair like this one is worth a close look.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • UPC: 883929313969
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,850

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andy Garcia Sean Casey
Richard Dreyfuss Sam Vigoda
Lena Olin Peggy Lindstrom
Ian Holm Liam Casey
James Gandolfini Joey Allegretto
Colm Feore Elihu Harrison
Ron Leibman Morgenstern
Shiek Mahmud-Bey Jordan Washington
Paul Guilfoyle McGovern
Jim Moody Mayor
Vic Noto Police Diver Cochran
Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director, Screenwriter
Joseph G. Aulisi Costumes/Costume Designer
Kerry Barden Casting
Danny Bramson Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Guerra Art Director
Billy Hopkins Casting
Mark Isham Score Composer
Josh Kramer Producer
Les Lasarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Thom Mount Producer
Sam O'Steen Editor
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
David Sardi Asst. Director
Suzanne Smith Casting
John H. Starke Co-producer
David Watkin Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Night Falls on Manhattan
1. Opening Credits [:30]
2. Mr. McGovern [2:06]
3. Casey's Caseload [1:38]
4. Stakeout [1:25]
5. Apt. 3D: Jordan Washington [4:12]
6. A Screw-Up Of Historical Proportions [1:28]
7. "We're Going To Get This Sonofabitch In 72 Hours..." [4:51]
8. In Morgie's Office [2:57]
9. Visiting His Father [6:33]
10. "I Have Agreed to Defend Jordan Washington." [3:30]
11. Surrendering His Client [2:20]
12. "I've Come To Gloat." [:36]
13. Opening Statements [:48]
14. Detectives Allegretto And Casey Take The Stand [1:49]
15. Vigoda's Cross-Examination [4:17]
16. Why 64 And 65 Responded [3:07]
17. Mr. Washington Testifies [2:45]
18. Sean Cross-Examines The Witness [:55]
19. "Guilty On All Five Charges." [3:41]
20. Celebrating [2:42]
21. Peggy Lindstrom [:16]
22. A Good Impression [1:39]
23. Sentenced [1:20]
24. The New Candidate For D.A. [2:05]
25. At His Mother's Gravesite [:54]
26. A Meeting With Vigoda [1:10]
27. The Debate [:52]
28. A Magic Place [:22]
29. Lt. Wilson Of Internal Affairs [3:44]
30. A Talk With Joey [2:31]
31. "I Swear To You...I'm Clean." [1:31]
32. The Winner [2:33]
33. Agreeing To Live Together [2:39]
34. Questioned By Internal Affairs [1:24]
35. The Warrant [:36]
36. Visiting Morgie [1:57]
37. The First To Come Forward [1:33]
38. "I'm Saddened To Announce The Indictment This Morning Of Five Police Officers..." [1:05]
39. A Little Favor To Ask [2:45]
40. A Forged Warrant [:35]
41. One Way Out [1:24]
42. "Joey's Dead. He Shot Himself." [5:07]
43. Peggy Takes The Warrant [6:20]
44. Conflict Of Interest [:45]
45. Evidence Destroyed And Created [:27]
46. "And So I'm Quitting." [:56]
47. The Opening Orientation Lecture [1:40]
48. End Credits [1:45]
49. Chapter 49 [3:08]
50. Chapter 50 [1:00]
51. Chapter 51 [3:58]
52. Chapter 52 [2:42]
53. Chapter 53 [:04]
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Disc #1 -- Night Falls on Manhattan
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      Audio Options
         English Dolby Surround
         English 5.1 Surround
      Captions & Subtitles
         English Captions For The Hearing Impaired: On
         Spanish Subtitles: On
         Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Audio Commentary With Director Sidney Lumet
      Audio Commentary With Actors - Andy Garcia & Ron Leibman, And Producers - Josh Kramer & Thom Mount
   Scene Selection
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