A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption. However, he soon discovers that he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.
A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty ... See full summary »
New York City cop Daniel Ciello is involved in some questionable police practices. He is approached by internal affairs and in exchange for him potentially being let off the hook, he is instructed to begin to expose the inner workings of police corruption. Danny agrees as long as he does not have to turn in his partners but he soon learns that he cannot trust anyone and he must decide whose side he is on and who is on his.Written by
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Along with The Godfather (1972), this is the only major Hollywood movie to be shot in all five New York City boroughs (Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan). See more »
Near the start of the film when Dan is pushing his brother Ronnie around, there's a large crack on the wall (probably from a previous shot). After he pushes Ronnie near the wall, another large crack appears but Ronnie is never shown hitting the wall. See more »
Always when I hear you, or Gus, or Joe, any of the guys, you always say nothing's worse than to be a r...
A rat. A rat is when they catch you and make you inform. Nobody caught me. This is my setup, this is my action. And I'm never gonna hurt my partners.
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The film originally premiered on TV in a version broadcast over 4 hours (running no longer than 196 minutes), including previously unseen material which had been cut from the 167-minute theatrical release. Among the restored scenes is one that makes more sense of the DiBenadetto Case (the character Ciello's first rat-job). See more »
Police officer Daniel Ciello (Treat Williams) is talked into helping a commission that's investigating police corruption. Naturally things go wrong, he starts to have strong doubts about what he's doing and he starts to fall apart.
Rightfully forgotten drama. I saw it in a mostly empty theatre back in 1981. I knew Lumet was a great director and I thought Williams was a good actor (I had seen him in "Hair"). It starts off OK but then quickly falls apart. There are WAY too many characters to keep track of and a bewildering amount of dialogue. SOME of the dialogue is needed for the story but most isn't. Characters and situations are bought up seemingly at random and then disappear. The almost three hour running time is unnecessary. This could have easily been done in two hours. I got bored and annoyed by the slow-moving script and all the pointless characters and situations. I completely gave up trying to understand the story and I ended up having trouble staying awake by the last hour! I only stayed in the vain hope that it would make sense and improve. It didn't. Also Williams was terrible in his role. He chewed the scenery so much it got embarrassing! Most critics loved this film (for some reason) but a few pointed out that it was way too long and a few outright hated it. It was a bomb at the box office and quickly forgotten. You can safely skip this one.
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