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Night Falls on Manhattan (1996)

R | | Crime, Drama | 16 May 1997 (USA)
A newly elected district attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.

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Man in Asylum (as Jim Murtaugh)
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Sean Casey is the newest member of the district attorneys office and he is close to uncovering a police scandal that might involve his father Liam, who works for the NYPD. Then his father is critically wounded in a stake-out, Sean is chosen to prosecute the case. Written by Anonymous

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In a city of nine million people is there room for one honest man?

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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16 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nacht ├╝ber Manhattan  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

ITL 1,200,304,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)

Gross:

$9,881,286 (USA) (8 August 1997)
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Sidney Lumet shot three alternate endings. See more »

Quotes

Sean Casey: You were a cop, Joe. Now you're a garbage! You are nothing!
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References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »

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If you want clean hands, become a priest
14 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fascinating story of politics and justice in New York, or anywhere else for that matter. Most don't realize that on 3% of murder cases ever see a jury; most are plea bargained. But, there are those, like the one depicted here, that are essential, not for justice, but for the political ambitions of the DA and Mayor.

Sidney Lumet (Find Me Guilty, Dog Day Afternoon) likes working with ethical questions, and he did a good job here in presenting a world that is not black and white, but gray.

I generally do not like Andy Garcia (Ocean's Eleven, The Godfather Part III) or Ron Leibman (Zorro, the Gay Blade), but that may be because of their politics off the screen. It affects my judgment. I have to say that they both gave interesting performances that made this film worth watch. But, there were a lot of good stars in this film: Sir Ian Holm (Chariots of First) as Garcia's father, James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) as a corrupt cop and Holm's partner, Richard Dreyfuss (Mr. Holland's Opus, The Goodbye Girl, Jaws) as a liberal lawyer, Colm Feore (Bon Cop, Bad Cop, The Red Violin, Chicago) as an ADA that wants the top job, and Lena Olin (Enemies: A Love Story, Chocolat, "Alias") as the love interest.

Very good acting throughout and a compelling story.


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