Film: Prince of the City

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Prince of the City

Director: Sidney Lumet
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Distributor: Sony Pictures

Based on a true story, Prince of the City stars Treat Williams as Danny Ciello, a conflicted New York cop who reluctantly decides to go undercover for the feds to ferret out police corruption. At first, he recklessly gets off on the danger, but as the feds tighten the screws, the guilt-wracked Ciello is forced to compromise his partners and friends, and his own checkered past inexorably catches up with him.

Sidney Lumet, who also directed Networkand Dog Day Afternoon, is esteemed as an actor’s director. This film is prime evidence. The…

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Based on a true story, Prince of the City stars Treat Williams as Danny Ciello, a conflicted New York cop who reluctantly decides to go undercover for the feds to ferret out police corruption. At first, he recklessly gets off on the danger, but as the feds tighten the screws, the guilt-wracked Ciello is forced to compromise his partners and friends, and his own checkered past inexorably catches up with him.

Sidney Lumet, who also directed Networkand Dog Day Afternoon, is esteemed as an actor’s director. This film is prime evidence. The peerless ensemble, including Jerry Orbach, Bob Balaban, and a duty roster of great New York character actors, is flawless. If there was any justice in Hollywood, Prince of the City would have been Treat Williams’s star-making breakthrough, his Serpico (which Lumet also directed). But this film couldn’t get arrested at the box office and was criminally snubbed by the Academy. Due to its length and gritty, profane dialogue, it is severely compromised when broadcast on network TV. For fans of NYPD Blue, Law & Order and Homicide, here is a movie ripe for discovery on home video. —Donald Liebenson

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Book:Prince of the City

Prince of the City

Robert Daley

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tainted Evidence comes a true story of police corruption. In the early ‘70s, the Federal Government undertook an immense investigation into the corruption penetrating New York’s criminal justice system. This is Detective Bob Leuci’s true story of being caught in the middle.

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