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Night Falls on Manhattan
Night Falls on Manhattan
Actors: Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin, Ian Holm, James Gandolfini
Director: Sidney Lumet
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     1hr 54min

The dominant themes of director Sidney Lumet's distinguished career are in full force in this moral melodrama involving a young district attorney (Andy Garcia) who takes on a career-making case only to uncover his father's...  more »


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Actors: Andy Garcia, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin, Ian Holm, James Gandolfini
Director: Sidney Lumet
Creators: David Watkin, Sidney Lumet, Sam O'Steen, John H. Starke, Josh Kramer, Thom Mount, Robert Daley
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Family Life, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/17/1998
Original Release Date: 05/16/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 05/16/1997
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Subtitles: Spanish
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Movie Reviews

Justice does not always follow the strict letter of the law.
Linda Linguvic | New York City | 08/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
EriKa | Iceland | 03/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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. The story is multilayered and shows the complexities that are faced in law enforcement and justice system everyday. Garcia's love interest is Lena Olin, who is an attorney for Richard Dreyfuss's firm. She discovers the forged warrant and could use it to overturn the conviction of the drug dealer but she chooses not to. Little decisions in life that bend the rules are the highlight of this film. Very interesting film well worth watching."
Overlooked, Masterpiece
Marcel Morejon | Miami, FL United States | 04/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
G. Shkodra | Montreal, Canada | 12/27/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This movie reminds me of "City Hall" for its intensity and somehow for its flaws. Right from the beginning the most distracted movie watcher can anticipate the cops corruption and almost no one is shocked by the later disclosures (except maybe in Casey senior's case). Yet the main character is continuously shocked by what he sees. Despite his character's naiveté, this is certainly one of Garcia's best performances ever; hardly have I seen him do better in other movies, except maybe in "The Godfather" part three. I find it a real shame that Richard Dreyfuss has such a small part here. Overall a typical Sydney Lumet movie, relying as usual on great actor performances, strong and highly dramatic script and effectice camera work."