Prince of the City (1981)
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Movie InfoThe rightful heir to a powerful Malaysian business empire seeks revenge against the jealous brother who framed him for murder. Malaysian billionaire Jaggoi Sibuyan always favored his adopted son Prince Amara over his biological son Putra Sibuyan. When Jaggoi dies and names Prince as his successor, bitter Putra sets his brother up to take the fall for a murder he didn't commit. As a result, Prince is banished from Malaysia. Later, in France, Prince makes the acquaintance of Ben Carlton, a ruthless gangster with big ambitions. Years back, Ben had gotten turned down by Prince's father after proposing a partnership. Now Putra has rejected Ben as well, making Prince his last hope for getting a cut of the action. Before long Ben and Prince have cut a deal: Ben will smuggle Prince back into Malaysia in exchange for a legitimate partnership. With the help of tough bodyguard Iskandar Yaakob, Prince returns to his home country and gathers crucial information about the frame-up, and his brother's current business dealings. Now that his revenge plot has been set into motion, the only thing left to do is ruin his brother's reputation, and take over the heavily-fortified family mansion with the help of Ben and Iskandar. In the end only one brother will be left standing, and he will hold the entire city in the palm of his hand. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi … More
as Prince Amara
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Critic Reviews for Prince of the City
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.
The movie that should've turned Treat Williams into a huge star. This is one of Sidney Lumet's finest hours.
While there is still much to like in the film...it's a long, winding haul to the finish.
Treat Williams courageously fights police corruption.
One of 1980's most value-laden and riveting films offers a compelling portrait of crime and punishment and all the stops in between.
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.More
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.More
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.More
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