Prince of the City (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Prince of the City (1981)




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Inspired by a true story, this film stars Treat Williams as a Manhattan detective who agrees to help the U.S. Department of Justice weed out corruption in the NYPD. Wired for sound, Williams almost immediately stumbles upon a police conspiracy to smuggle narcotics to informants in order to insure cooperation.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jay Presson Allen, Sidney Lumet
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2007
Warner Home Video


Treat Williams
as Daniel Ciello
Richard Foronjy
as Joe Marinaro
Don Billett
as Bill Mayo
Kenny Marino
as Dom Bando
Jerry Orbach
as Gus Levy
Carmine Caridi
as Gino Mascone
Tony Page
as Raf Alvarez
Norman Parker
as Rick Cappalino
Paul Roebling
as Brooks Paige
Bob Balaban
as Santimassino
James Tolkan
as D.P. Polito
Steve Inwood
as Mario Vincente
Lindsay Crouse
as Carla Ciello
Matthew Laurance
as Ronnie Ciello
Tony Turco
as Socks Ciello
Ronald Maccone
as Nick Napoli
Ron Karabatsos
as Dave DeBennedeto
Tony di Benedetto
as Carl Alagretti
Tony DiBenedetto
as Carl Alagretti
Tony Munafo
as Rocky Gazzo
Lee Richardson
as Sam Heinsdorff
Lane Smith
as Tug Barnes
Cosmo Allegretti
as Marcel Sardino
Bobby Alto
as Mr. Kanter
Michael Beckett
as Michael Blomberg
Burton Collins
as Young Virginia Guard
Henry Ferrentino
as Older Guard
Peter Friedman
as DA Goldman
Peter Michael Goetz
as Atty. DeLuth
Lance Henriksen
as DA Burano
Don Leslie
as DA Amato
Antony Page
as Raf Alvarez
Ed Miller
as Sgt. Edelman
Julian Cheah
as Prince Amara
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Critic Reviews for Prince of the City

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

Director Sidney Lumet is in firm control of the sprawling canvas, showing in spades his ability to harness intense energy and almost uniformly top-rate performances from a cannily-cast stable of solid character actors.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

An astonishing in-depth portrait of the interlocking worlds of police and hoodlum results, with no punches pulled and no easy solutions.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

After the film starts to turn itself over in your mind, it becomes a much deeper piece, a film about how difficult it is to go straight in a crooked world without hurting people you love.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

"Prince of the City'' begins with the strength and confidence of a great film, and ends merely as a good one. The achievement isn't what it first promises to be, but it's exciting and impressive all the same.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Williams gives a fine performance, the rest of the cast is also excellent, and director Sidney Lumet's eye for detail is sure throughout this authentic look at the dirtier side of police work.

Full Review… | September 20, 2015
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of Sidney Lumet's most complex and detailed New York City dramas about the dark, dirty side of police work, boasting a splendid performance from Treat Williams in the lead.

Full Review… | August 12, 2011

Audience Reviews for Prince of the City


So-saw. Not exceptional, but certainly watchable (in one or more sittings). Didn't find it great when some sequences dropped in arbitrarily for no reason except for adding style to the execution, I guess. No problems otherwise. Other than the usual.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Prisons of the mind can be worse than the fisical ones. When you want atonement, to walk the right path, to come clean about your past dirty deeds, to tell the truth about the lawless world you're living into, where the only god is money; you won't come out fine. though some heads will roll, yours will roll too.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


Fine performances are hindered by slow pace and the fact that the film is just too long. Original impact of story is muted by years of police proceduals.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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