Night Falls on Manhattan 1997

Night Falls on Manhattan

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New attorney Sean Casey (Andy Garcia), a former policeman, has been unexpectedly tapped to prosecute a case against drug dealer Jordan Washington (Shiek Mahmud-Bey). Washington's lawyer, Sam Vigoda (Richard Dreyfuss), claims that there is a police cover-up against his client. However, Casey wins the trial and soon becomes county district attorney. It's then that he finds evidence that there may have really been corruption in the force, and it could involve his father, Liam (Ian Holm).

Cast & Crew

Andy Garcia
Sean Casey
Lena Olin
Peggy Lindstrom
Ian Holm
Liam Casey
Ron Leibman
Morganstern
James Gandolfini
Joey Allegretto
Shiek Mahmud-Bey
Jordan Washington
Paul Guilfoyle
McGovern
Mark Isham
Original Music
David Watkin
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Sam O'Steen
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Critic Reviews for Night Falls on Manhattan

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Audience Reviews for Night Falls on Manhattan

  • Aug 22, 2015
    It's overstuffed with plot, characters, and speeches (so many, many speeches). Like most of Lumet's later work the film plays like a poor imitation of his earlier and better morality thrillers.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2013
    When I came across the move, the synopsis of this Lumetic flick didn't appeal to me as it sounded familiar. Despite of the fact, hardly having any better options (going by my last couple of ratings, one may deduct that it's becoming harder to please ME!!), I gave it a go. But I was determined that if it starts sucking, and doesn't get better soon, I'll stop right there. To my surprise, this mediocre drama entertained me more than the previous disappointments. It's so good that I now look forward to coming across other intriguing films. Yeah, I was kinda bored with more films than less, regardless of their ratings. The frequency of watching films was gradually getting lower and lower, and II was on my way down the ladder, but this one stopped me. One of my problems was that no matter what film it is, I found them quite predictable, and repetitive more ofter than not to keep me engaged. Writers' block is understandable, but I can't just sit by and enjoy it all the same. In fact, just a few days ago, I'd thoughts on remakes. I don't mind them too much, but when "it's a remake of. XYZ" plays a major part in its promotion, it repels rather than attract me. I'd rather go watch the original, and let the remake be. But then it struck me that original ideas may be hard to get to, but at least a better execution can make the difference. Besides, it should only borrow the main theme of the original, and then present it with fair execution to offer an entertaining piece, and that too not being promoted as a remake. The theme here is not a new one, but the execution made difference for me. I liked how the movie started, and hardly fell apart at any point. It kept things going, and while predictable, it still remained interesting. Add to it, the unexpected (not quite so now when I come to think of it, and apparently not applicable to everyone) moments leading to the culmination. It turned over almost everything I'd predicted as what would be next, and I liked it for a change. Ignoring the release year may have helped there, but I liked it no matter what. Performances were first rate, and as mentioned before, after a long time, I've found a satisfying movie. But BEWARE: The reason may not (only) be that it's really a good one, but that: I hadn't seen a worthwhile movie for quite long, OR May be I was expecting more than I should have, OR Simply that I was having a nice time (another rarity these days around), and watching it under favorable conditions. For good or otherwise, I can only hope my audience's block won't make me quit watching films. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2011
    great film, not a classic but a Lumet film nevertheless. The acting is very strong and the tale of corruption through the police and political side is interesting. makes me wish they created more of these films.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2008
    Good film from what I remember.
    Chosen 7 Super Reviewer

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