Prince of the City

Prince of the City

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Sidney Lumet, Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy

     
 

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Inspired by a true story, Prince of the City stars Treat Williams as a Manhattan detective who agrees to help the US Department of Justice weed out corruption in the NYPD. Williams agrees on the assurance that he'll never have to turn in a close friend. Wired for sound, Williams almost immediately stumbles upon a police conspiracy to smuggle narcotics to street

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Inspired by a true story, Prince of the City stars Treat Williams as a Manhattan detective who agrees to help the US Department of Justice weed out corruption in the NYPD. Williams agrees on the assurance that he'll never have to turn in a close friend. Wired for sound, Williams almost immediately stumbles upon a police conspiracy to smuggle narcotics to street informants in order to insure cooperation. While this might be condonable in a stretch, the fact is that the many cops are using the drugs on their own, and are also highly susceptible to bribes. Williams gets the goods on the miscreants, but in so doing he breaks the "code" and becomes a pariah to his fellow officers. As we learn in the unsettling final scene, Williams will always be considered a "fink," even by honest cops. Prince of the City is too long for its own good, but its opening expository sequences and its final twenty minutes more than compensate for the duller stretches.

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Despite such influential, well-respected films as 12 Angry Men, The Pawnbroker, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network, director Sidney Lumet is often forgotten in considerations of the most influential filmmakers. Mirroring this under-appreciation is Lumet's neglected 1981 crime drama, Prince of the City. Overlong but fascinating, the film and its follow-up, 1982's The Verdict, stand as the director's best work of the 1980s and 1990s. Lumet showed a knack for working with new talent: the mostly unknown cast featured standout performances from Treat Williams and Jerry Orbach. The plot, dealing with corrupt New York City cops, is familiar territory for Lumet fans -- most notably in 1973's Serpico -- but Lumet makes the material seem fresh. The director would be nominated for his first Academy Award for screenwriting for Prince, along with co-writer Jay Presson Allen.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0085393184926
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:47:00
Sales rank:
29,419

Special Features

New featurette Prince of the City: The Real Story; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Treat Williams Daniel Ciello
Jerry Orbach Gus Levy
Richard Foronjy Joe Marinaro
Don Billett Bill Mayo
Kenny Marino Dom Bando
James Tolkan District Attorney Polito
Carmine Caridi Gino Mascone
Lance Henriksen DA Burano
Norman Parker Rick Cappalino
Paul Roebling Brooks Page
Bob Balaban Santimassino
Steve Inwood Mario Vincente
Lindsay Crouse Carla Ciello
Matthew Laurance Ronnie Ciello
Tony Turco Socks Ciello
Ronald Maccone Nick Napoli
Ron Karabatsos Dave DeBennedeto
Tony di Benedetto Carl Alagretti
Tony Munafo Rocky Gazzo
Robert Christian The King
Lee Richardson Sam Heinsdorff
Lane Smith Tug Barnes
Cosmo Allegretti Marcel Sardino
Burton Collins Young Virginia Guard
Carmine Foresta Ernie
Conrad Fowkes Elroy Pendleton
Peter Friedman DA Goldman
Peter Michael Goetz Atty. DeLuth
Eddie Jones Ned
Harry Madsen Bubba
Cynthia Nixon Jeannie
Lionel Pina Sancho
Jose Santana Jose
Dana Lorge Ann
Bobby Alto Mr. Kanter
Antony Page Raf Alvarez

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director,Screenwriter
Jay Presson Allen Producer,Screenwriter
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Paul Chihara Score Composer
John J. Fitzstephens Editor
Burtt Harris Producer
Ray Hartwick Producer,Production Manager
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Pisoni Art Director
Tony Walton Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Prince of the City: Part 1
1. The SIU [3:30]
2. 3 O'Clock Bust [3:58]
3. Chase Commission [3:00]
4. Raging Ronnie [4:31]
5. Sick Stoolie [7:27]
6. Danny's Breakdown [5:23]
7. My Action [2:54]
8. Breakup [1:35]
9. Danny's Three Things [5:04]
10. Wired [7:11]
11. Ambivalent Zeal [6:02]
12. Case Against Blomberg [2:25]
13. Be Sure He's a Rat [3:23]
14. Your Partners and Me [4:05]
15. On the Federal Side [5:33]
16. In a Jam [3:43]
17. Never My Backup Again [3:04]
18. Use a Public Phone [2:39]
19. Gino Mascone, Whore and Thief [3:09]
20. Take Me In [2:34]
21. Danny's Confession [4:45]
22. Cabin in the Catskills [4:18]
23. First in Prison [2:47]
24. One of Us [4:46]
25. Anybody Can Be Hit [4:52]
26. On the Stand [2:13]
27. King's Deposition [5:23]
Disc #2 -- Prince of the City: Part 2
28. Death and Dislocation [3:42]
29. Detecting Lies and Friends [4:57]
30. Alvarez on the System [3:26]
31. Nobody But Each Other [2:33]
32. Wanting to Admit Guilt [3:39]
33. Gus: Get Me for Assault [3:05]
34. Danny's Betrayal [5:54]
35. Choke on My Name [2:06]
36. Calling Old Friends [4:53]
37. Self-Inflicted [5:14]
38. Gust Stays Out [2:58]
39. Debating Danny's Fate [4:08]
40. Some Area of Penance [5:12]
41. The Detective Ciello [2:14]
42. End Credits [2:38]

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