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Prince of the City

Prince of the City

Treat Williams
Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: Treat Williams
Treat Williams
, Jerry Orbach
Jerry Orbach
, Richard Foronjy
Richard Foronjy
Sidney Lumet


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Inspired by a true story, Prince of the City stars Treat Williams as a Manhattan detective who agrees to help the US Department of Justice weed out corruption in the NYPD. Williams agrees on the assurance that he'll never have to turn in a close friend. Wired for sound, Williams almost immediately stumbles upon a police conspiracy to smuggle narcotics to street informants in order to insure cooperation. While this might be condonable in a stretch, the fact is that the many cops are using the drugs on their own, and are also highly susceptible to bribes. Williams gets the goods on the miscreants, but in so doing he breaks the "code" and becomes a pariah to his fellow officers. As we learn in the unsettling final scene, Williams will always be considered a "fink," even by honest cops. Prince of the City is too long for its own good, but its opening expository sequences and its final twenty minutes more than compensate for the duller stretches.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2021
UPC: 0883929775910
Original Release: 1981
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:47:00
Sales rank: 14,438

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Treat Williams Daniel Ciello
Jerry Orbach Gus Levy
Richard Foronjy Joe Marinaro
Don Billett Bill Mayo
Kenny Marino Dom Bando
James Tolkan District Attorney Polito
Carmine Caridi Gino Mascone
Lance Henriksen DA Burano
Norman Parker Rick Cappalino
Paul Roebling Brooks Page
Bob Balaban Santimassino
Steve Inwood Mario Vincente
Lindsay Crouse Carla Ciello
Matthew Laurance Ronnie Ciello
Tony Turco Socks Ciello
Ronald Maccone Nick Napoli
Ron Karabatsos Dave DeBennedeto
Tony di Benedetto Carl Alagretti
Tony Munafo Rocky Gazzo
Robert Christian The King
Lee Richardson Sam Heinsdorff
Lane Smith Tug Barnes
Cosmo Allegretti Marcel Sardino
Burton Collins Young Virginia Guard
Carmine Foresta Ernie
Conrad Fowkes Elroy Pendleton
Peter Friedman DA Goldman
Peter Michael Goetz Atty. DeLuth
Eddie Jones Ned
Harry Madsen Bubba
Cynthia Nixon Jeannie
Lionel Pina Sancho
Jose Santana Jose
Dana Lorge Ann
Bobby Alto Mr. Kanter
Antony Page Raf Alvarez

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director,Screenwriter
Jay Presson Allen Producer,Screenwriter
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Paul Chihara Score Composer
John J. Fitzstephens Editor
Burtt Harris Producer
Ray Hartwick Producer,Production Manager
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Pisoni Art Director
Tony Walton Production Designer

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