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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.
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.
This is Williams best work in this tense,taut thriller.
One of the greatest cop movies of all time!
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
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.
Brilliant and underrated cop drama
Many fine movies have been made on the subject of police corruption, but few are as intricate and detailed as "Prince of the City". Esteemed director Sidney Lumet has tackled the subject before, and while "Serpico" was the better film, this is a worthy companion piece, a movie that's as thorough as it is long.
In fact, that may be the one thing keeping the film from greatness; there are far too many characters and plot threads to keep up with. You can't help but thinking this story could have been pared down to the bare essentials and not only maintain the picture's impact but even enhanced it.
What remains, however, is the moral core and fine performance from Treat Williams in his first starring role. It's fascinating to watch as Williams opens Pandora's Box with the best of intentions, and how that action in itself is corrupted to the point where you forget why he even did it in the first place. It's a wonderfully subtle performance that the actor has a tendency to take over the top sometimes. It works best when he focuses less on emoting and trying to get everyone's attention.
The screenplay is smart and wordy, a cop movie in which there are no gunfights, car chases or even really any good guys. Everyone is corrupt to some degree, and when all is said and done, the film finds just the right tone for the ending. It's perhaps the best moment in the picture, with a terrific final line.
Keeping up with "Prince of the City" is very challenging, but in the end, it's a rewarding experience. It's a great example of a wonderful director working at the top of his game. Nobody makes 'em quite like Lumet did these days.
Easily on of director Sidney Lumet's best! Awesome flick from the get go....Ricky Miller, 6-7-13