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Night Falls on Manhattan (US only)

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  • Actors: Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin, Ian Holm, James Gandolfini
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: Sidney Lumet, Robert Daley
  • Producers: John H. Starke, Josh Kramer, Thom Mount
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (519 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305181969
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,625 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Night Falls on Manhattan (US only)" on IMDb

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By Linda Linguvic HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 16, 2003
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This 1997 film is based on a novel by James Daley and directed by Sidney Lumet, who also wrote the screenplay. It's a fast-moving police procedural with constantly shifting questions about the law, political favors and what is really right and wrong. There are quite a few obstacles in the path of righteousness, but in the end I was satisfied with the conclusion, which shows that justice does not always follow the strict letter of the law.
Andy Garcia stars as a young assistant district attorney whose father, Ian Holm, is a cop who's been injured in a shootout with a drug dealer, played by Shiek Mamud-Bey. Ron Liebman, the District Attorney, lets Garcia prosecute the case, which seems to be simple. But the defense lawyer, played by Richard Dreyfus, introduces the concept of police corruption. And so, even though the outcome of the case is clear, other issues come into play, especially since the young prosecutor's own father might be involved.
The film moved fast, the plot deepening as the story moved along. And it was nice to recognize two actors who later went on to fame in The Sopranos: James Gandolfini is cast a cop and Dominic Chianese, who plays Uncle Junior, is cast as the judge.
The story held my interest, the acting good and the ending was satisfactory and believable. You'll enjoy it if you like cop dramas. Recommended.
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I remember when I did my internship before entering law enforcement. I was sitting in a Sheriff's Office listening to the Judge, the Prosecutor, the Sheriff, and the Public Defender go through the upcoming days cases. I remember how I was shocked to learn that the cases were tried in the office and the trials were more show than anything. These were just minor cases but I had an idealistic view of what it was supposed to be! Years later when I was working in a city far away, I learned that the Prosecutor had been convicted of his fourth DUI in one year and was convicted of felony DUI. The Sheriff who had gone on to federal law enforcement was fired because he was caught with an underage girl. Nobody's perfect and there are always a few bad cops, attorneys and judges... thankfully very few!

This movie introduces you to the complexities of the judicial system. It starts with the idealistic view and then slaps you in the face with reality. It leaves you to make the choice of what is right and what is wrong. You'll have to decide for yourself what is or would be justice. From the politics, the backroom deals and the downright corruption it's all there. It certainly isn't pretty because nobody's perfect. The acting is great but I've always felt Andy Garcia is a fine actor. The entire cast was well chosen and you feel their emotions and believe them as their character. The story moves along well and there are enough twists to keep you interested. This isn't a movie that leaves you cheering for more. It does however make you think about the complexities of justice. When your outside looking in things always look different than when you are inside looking out.
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It seems like it was Andy Garcia week here on the Icelandic movie channel. Tonight this movie and another night Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead. Night Falls is a solidly good film. Garcia is great as a new attorney who is more seasoned than his fellow public attorneys because he is the son of a lifelong cop and has been a cop himself for many years. He studied law at night and became an attorney the hard way. When a surveillance operation on a drug dealer (on which his father has been working) goes awry, and Garcia's father (played by Ian Holm) is shot, the attorney general asks Garcia to try the case personally. The case is won easily, and Garcia beings a quick celebrity. He runs for election to become attorney general and wins. The subplot is the defence attorney (Richard Dreyfuss) for the drug dealer (who shot Garcia's father) introducing evidence that would potentially expose corruption in the police department. The case involving the stakeout proved that more than one precinct responded to the call for back up. Excessive use of authority and force come into play. People wanted to make sure that the drug dealer was killed in this operation because it became obvious that the drug dealers were paying off certain cops in order to keep them off their backs. Garcia discovers that his father's partner is one of the crooked cops (the crooked partner is played by James Gandolfini of the Sopranos. He always seemed so much like the supporting role actor in roles just like this one, but he seems to have made himself much more indispensable as Tony Soprano). Garcia confronts his father also, but the father claims to have no role in the corruption, although Garcia uncovers that the father forged the warrant for arrest that was used to arrest the drug dealer in the first place.Read more ›
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This film was totally overlooked at the Oscars, especially Andy Garcia, (who seems to get overlooked a lot) and the brilliant directing of sydney Lumett. The screenplay in this film is great, and so is the story,(very realistic). I highly recommend this movie as I'm sure anyone would appreciate all the fine performances.
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