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: August 19, 1981
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Director Sidney Lumet is in firm control of the sprawling canvas, showing in spades his ability to harness intense energy and almost uniformly top-rate performances from a cannily-cast stable of solid character actors.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

"Prince of the City'' begins with the strength and confidence of a great film, and ends merely as a good one. The achievement isn't what it first promises to be, but it's exciting and impressive all the same.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Directs another Serpico, but with improvements.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

An astonishing in-depth portrait of the interlocking worlds of police and hoodlum results, with no punches pulled and no easy solutions.

TV Guide

Williams gives a fine performance, the rest of the cast is also excellent, and director Sidney Lumet's eye for detail is sure throughout this authentic look at the dirtier side of police work.

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Clint Morris

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

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

After the film starts to turn itself over in your mind, it becomes a much deeper piece, a film about how difficult it is to go straight in a crooked world without hurting people you love.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 82% 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