Prince of the City
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Inspired by a true story, Prince of the City stars Treat Williams as a Manhattan detective who agrees to help the US Department of Justice weed out corruption in the NYPD. Williams agrees on the assurance that he'll never have to turn in a close friend. Wired for sound, Williams almost immediately stumbles upon a police conspiracy to smuggle narcotics to street informants in order to insure cooperation. While this might be condonable in a stretch, the fact is that the many cops are using the drugs on their own, and are also highly susceptible to bribes. Williams gets the goods on the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"While there is still much to like in the's a long, winding haul to the finish."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Prince of the City features a whole variety of different acting talents, each of them shining in small, but effective roles."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Directs another Serpico, but with improvements."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Treat Williams courageously fights police corruption."
‑ Steve Crum,
"The movie that should've turned Treat Williams into a huge star. This is one of Sidney Lumet's finest hours."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"One of 1980's most value-laden and riveting films offers a compelling portrait of crime and punishment and all the stops in between."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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