Prince of the City Movie Review 1981

Information and Film Reviews for Prince of the City the Movie

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Docu-drama of a police officer who becomes an informant in an effort to end corruption within his narcotics unit, but finds he must pay a heavy price. Based on the true story told in Robert Daly's book, the powerful script carries the tension through what would otherwise be an overly long film. Excellent performances make this a riveting character study.


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Available on VHS
Running time 167 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Docudrama, True Stories, Cops, True Crime, New York, New York
Jay Presson Allen, Sidney Lumet
Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett, Ken Marino, Lindsay Crouse, Lance Henriksen
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Sidney Lumet
Orion Pictures


N.Y. Film Critics 1981: Director (Lumet).

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