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Police detective Joe Leland investigates the murder of a gay man. While investigating, he discovers links to official corruption in New York City in this drama that delves into a world of sex and drugs.
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Based on the true-life book of lawman Burton Turkus, this movie chronicles the rise and fall of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Incorporated. Focusing on powerful boss Lepke and violent hitman Reles.Written by
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Many times in interviews and on talk shows, Peter Falk credited his casting and appearance in this movie as his breakthrough performance, or his career-making film, even though he had been toiling around Regional New England theater, the New York stage and in sporadic television productions for five plus years. See more »
When Joey and Abe are being kept under wraps by the police in a hotel awaiting their trial, the camera shows the exterior window of Joey's room first (on the left) then pans right to show the exterior of Abe's room (to the right of Joey's). Shortly thereafter, when Turkus walks down the hall from Abe's room to Joey's room, it becomes apparent that the configuration is just the opposite. As the drama transpires, it's confirmed that Abe's room was indeed the one on the left. See more »
10 years before Peter Falk racked up a trunk-load of Emmy's and many more nominations for his his work as Columbo, he had two roles that would stand out in the film world. One was Pocketful of Miracles in 1961, and the other was this film the year before.
His performance as the contract killer Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles is the best thing about the true-life mob story. While most of the other characters just seem to float through the movie, he was intense ans you could see the promise that would lie ahead for him.
Stuart Whitman, who would get his only Oscar nomination a year later, was also good as Joey, who got caught up in the rackets. May Britt, who would leave the movies to marry Sammy Davis, Jr., was also very good as Joey's wife.
The movie seems more like a documentary when it is not focused on these three characters. As an added bonus, you get to see the legendary Sarah Vaughan in the movie.
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