Prince of the City
Prince of the City (1981)

Inspired by a true story, this film stars Treat Williams as a Manhattan detective who agrees to help the U.S. Department of Justice weed out corruption in the NYPD. Wired for sound, Williams almost immediately stumbles upon a police… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

One of Sidney Lumet's most complex and detailed New York City dramas about the dark, dirty side of police work, boasting a splendid performance from Treat Williams in the lead.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

While there is still much to like in the's a long, winding haul to the finish.

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Dragan Antulov

Prince of the City features a whole variety of different acting talents, each of them shining in small, but effective roles.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Directs another Serpico, but with improvements.

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Steve Crum

Treat Williams courageously fights police corruption.

Clint Morris

The movie that should've turned Treat Williams into a huge star. This is one of Sidney Lumet's finest hours.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

One of 1980's most value-laden and riveting films offers a compelling portrait of crime and punishment and all the stops in between.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
So-saw. Not exceptional, but certainly watchable (in one or more sittings). Didn't find it great when some sequences dropped in arbitrarily for no reason… More
Ken Stachnik
Sidney Lumet presents Law and Order: The Movie
Pierluigi Puccini
Prisons of the mind can be worse than the fisical ones. When you want atonement, to walk the right path, to come clean about your past dirty deeds, to tell the… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Prince of the City," detective Danny Ciello(Treat Williams) is the youngest member and leader of the Special Investigative… More
jay nixon
Fine performances are hindered by slow pace and the fact that the film is just too long. Original impact of story is muted by years of police proceduals.
Danny Rovira
Sidney Lumet's fascinating, emotionally powerful crime drama which is based upon a true story, concerning a young undercover narcotics cop named Daniel… More