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Night and the City (1992)




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Night and the City is a remake of the 1950 Richard Widmark vehicle of the same name. Major changes: As played by Robert DeNiro, the Widmark character, one Harry Fabian, is no longer merely a two-bit tout but instead a two-bit lawyer; and the film is set in New York, as opposed to the London setting of the original. While embroiled in a lawsuit involving a boxer, Fabian becomes fascinated in the world of championship prizefights. Always susceptible to get-rich-quick schemes, Fabian tries to organize his own big boxing event, but to do that he needs the help of hardnosed promoter Alan King--and to get to King, Fabian uses the promoter's father, former boxer Jack Warden, to act as front man. Fabian scurries around lying and double-dealing in order to sell percentages of the upcoming bout, while King warns Fabian of the consequences should anything unfortunate happen to the ailing Warden. Disaster plagues Fabian as his boxers fail to pass their physicals, and Warden dies while setting up the big event. Pursued by King and his creditors, the terrified Fabian is urged by girlfriend Jessica Lange to get of town. Instead, Fabian decides to face up to his failings for the first time in his life, and stands his ground for the final, fatal confrontation. Like the earlier Widmark film, the 1992 Night and the City is based on a novel by Gerald Kersh.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Price, Joe Eisinger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 21, 1993
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Robert De Niro
as Harry Fabian
Jessica Lange
as Helen Nasseros
Cliff Gorman
as Phil Nasseros
Alan King
as Grossman
Barry Primus
as Tommy Tessler
Jack Warden
as Al Grossman
Gerry Murphy
as 1st Steel Jaw
Clem Caserta
as 2nd Steel Jaw
Brenda Denmar
as Kid's Mom
Anthony Canarozzi
as Emmet Gorgon
Byron Utley
as Frisker
Maurice Shrog
as Gym Manager
Joy Philbin
as Herself
Peter Bucossi
as Attacker
Barry Squitieri
as Marty Kaufman
Lisa Vidal
as Carmen
Carol Woods
as Secretary
Michael Badalucco
as Elaine's Bartender
Ben Lin
as Duk Soo Kim
John Polce
as Bouncer
Kennan Scott
as Kid on Phone
Kenn Scott
as Kid on Phone
Chuck Low
as Freddy DiMario
Louis Cantarini
as Boxing Official
Lou Polo
as Jap Epstein
John Quinn
as Bartender
Philip Carlo
as Peck's Guy
Cameron Lane
as 1st Mugger
Sharrieff Pugh
as 2nd Mugger
Mitchell Tex Low
as Delivery Man
Mitch Cunningham
as Kid at Disco
Dave Reilly
as 2nd Cop
Leslie Bart
as Boom Boom's Secretar...
Ann Devaney
as Gorgon's Girl
Lorenzo Palminteri
as Tommy Carver
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Critic Reviews for Night and the City

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Full Review… | January 18, 2013
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 11, 1992
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Night and the City

Night and the City starring Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange is a good drama set in NYC. Harry (De Niro) is a ambulance chasing lawyer whom is romantically involved with a married woman (Lange) who works at her own bar. A good film to see with the great actors De Niro & Lange.

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

So De Niro does great here, and his monologues and way of speaking incessantly are pretty good.
But this film, it just feels like this tired, old retread of something out there that's better. Oh wait, it's a remake, that's why!
I mean, Warden's good, hell, even Lange and her terrible accent isn't half bad, but I wasn't compelled to watch this movie that much.
The ending was scattershot, and I could've seen it coming a mile away. I'm sure the original is better.
This one, leave it in bin next to Eight-Legged Freaks and The Wiz.

matt sigur

Super Reviewer

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