Prince of the City Reviews

  • Sep 24, 2020

    This movie was great. The acting was great by the ensemble. The directing by Lumet was also amazing. This movie will go done as one of the great mob, cop informant movies of the '80s. I thought it had strong similarities to Serpico and after a little research, I understood why there were similarities. This is based on the true story of police and law corruption that was ongoing during the late '60s and '70s. Beautiful piece of art.

    This movie was great. The acting was great by the ensemble. The directing by Lumet was also amazing. This movie will go done as one of the great mob, cop informant movies of the '80s. I thought it had strong similarities to Serpico and after a little research, I understood why there were similarities. This is based on the true story of police and law corruption that was ongoing during the late '60s and '70s. Beautiful piece of art.

  • Jul 14, 2020

    Interesting enough but nothing new.

    Interesting enough but nothing new.

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    Alec B Super Reviewer
    Feb 28, 2020

    It may be a little too long with too many self important monologues but Treat Williams gives such an outstanding emotionally fraught performances that you'll forgive the flaws.

    It may be a little too long with too many self important monologues but Treat Williams gives such an outstanding emotionally fraught performances that you'll forgive the flaws.

  • Feb 22, 2020

    Story/Screenplay: (3/5) A good drama about a narcotics officer who assists in investigating corruption in the entire New York criminal justice system, but eventually becomes an informant against his fellow officers. Duration/Tempo: (1.5/5) At 2 hours and 47 minutes, it's a very, very long movie that felt longer. Much content was unneeded. Should have been trimmed down by an hour. Cast & Crew: (3.5/5) The cast was packed with actors that had not yet become A-List. Jerry Orbach, James Tolkan, Lane Smith, and Lance Henriksen were solid. Summary: (2/5) Not a bad movie, but it was inexcusably long.

    Story/Screenplay: (3/5) A good drama about a narcotics officer who assists in investigating corruption in the entire New York criminal justice system, but eventually becomes an informant against his fellow officers. Duration/Tempo: (1.5/5) At 2 hours and 47 minutes, it's a very, very long movie that felt longer. Much content was unneeded. Should have been trimmed down by an hour. Cast & Crew: (3.5/5) The cast was packed with actors that had not yet become A-List. Jerry Orbach, James Tolkan, Lane Smith, and Lance Henriksen were solid. Summary: (2/5) Not a bad movie, but it was inexcusably long.

  • Jul 29, 2018

    too long, Treat Williams miscast as the lead actor, poor editing / transition, I think the critics love the director, Lumet, who has done some great films. This is not one of them.

    too long, Treat Williams miscast as the lead actor, poor editing / transition, I think the critics love the director, Lumet, who has done some great films. This is not one of them.

  • May 02, 2016

    Prince of the City (1981) ??? Emotionally powerful film about narcotics detective in N.Y.C. who puts himself, and his family, at life threatening danger when he tries to be straight in world full of police corruption. Raw, gritty, intense, unpredictable, anchored by totally authentic New York feel and a super-charged performance by Treat Williams. Overall impact is muted by the film's sheer length. Outstanding screenplay co-written by director Sidney Lumet.

    Prince of the City (1981) ??? Emotionally powerful film about narcotics detective in N.Y.C. who puts himself, and his family, at life threatening danger when he tries to be straight in world full of police corruption. Raw, gritty, intense, unpredictable, anchored by totally authentic New York feel and a super-charged performance by Treat Williams. Overall impact is muted by the film's sheer length. Outstanding screenplay co-written by director Sidney Lumet.

  • Apr 10, 2015

    This is Williams best work in this tense,taut thriller.

    This is Williams best work in this tense,taut thriller.

  • Apr 07, 2015

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    http://filmreviewsnsuch.blogspot.com/2015/04/prince-of-city.html

  • Aug 04, 2014

    One of the greatest cop movies of all time!

    One of the greatest cop movies of all time!

  • Jan 15, 2014

    The acting led by Treat Williams is very good. Its running time may be lengthy but its story richly consists of powerful emotions and life lessons that demand to be seen just for that. For my full review of Prince of the City (1981), check it out on this IMDB link: http://imdb.com/title/tt0082945/reviews-48

    The acting led by Treat Williams is very good. Its running time may be lengthy but its story richly consists of powerful emotions and life lessons that demand to be seen just for that. For my full review of Prince of the City (1981), check it out on this IMDB link: http://imdb.com/title/tt0082945/reviews-48