Night Falls on Manhattan
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Night Falls on Manhattan
A lawyer discovers just how fine the line between good and evil can be in this drama based on the novel Tainted Evidence by Robert Daley. When a carefully-planned bust of drug dealer Jordan Washington (Shiek Mahmud-Bey) goes sour, a shootout between Washington and officers from three precincts leaves a number of cops dead or wounded. Washington escapes in the confusion, but he turns himself in on the advice of gadfly lawyer Sam Vigoda (Richard Dreyfuss). District Attorney Morgenstern (Ron Leibman) appoints Sean Casey (Andy Garcia), a former cop new to trial law, to prosecute the case, less for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"About New York City police corruption."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The kind of tough-minded moral drama that Lumet excels at."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Makes the important point that our values don't just determine what we do but who we are."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Messy, overwrought, and technically fuzzy, this cop opera still maintains a strong and passionate pulse."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Garcia turns in a solid, emotionally complex performance, and he keeps the audience involved when the plot takes some credibility-straining turns."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Garcia gives one of his richest performances yet"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"One of the most unfairly overlooked Hollywood films of recent years, [it] marked a return to form for one of American cinema's great moralists."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
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