Prince of the City

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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.

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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 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
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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.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Feb 9, 2006

    Tom Milne

    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.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    Aug 30, 2004
  • A model instance of the movie that insists on being a film and proceeds inevitably to assault our common sense with the counterfeit of a moral lesson.

    Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Prince of the City

  • Nov 20, 2013
    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 s Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2011
    Sidney Lumet's "Prince Of The City" is a sad, draining masterpiece. It's great because there are no heroes in this picture only those who rat on others. The main character of the film played by Treat Williams is going to have to rat on his partners since he is living dangerously in guilt. "Prince Of The City" seems to have insipired many crime drama pictures like Scorsese's "The Departed". What I greatly admired is Lumet sees the corruption within the police system, judges and lawyers seem to be bought and paid since they, too is guilty of the system. In TV shows police organizations is usually seen as the patriots of crime, the princes of the cities. In Sidney Lumet's picture the realities of corruption within the police force (or any organization) is disgusting as any terrible narcotic. The pigs of the city.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2009
    This isn't any better than any other 70's movie that portrays police corruption. It was long and kind of hard to get into. I wouldn't watch it again.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    A boring movie.I just couldnt get into it
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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