Based on the experiences of NYPD narcotics detective Robert Leuci, Lumet’s epic examination of corruption and compromise, set against a teeming portrait of 1970s New York, is one of his most arresting and accomplished pictures.
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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 truth about the lawless world you're living into, where the only god is money; you won't come out fine. though some heads will roll, yours will roll too.
Had been looking forward to seeing this for some time; I ended up finding it a little slow, awkward and overlong. However, Treat Williams' versatile, volatile, charismatic central performance holds the film together. A couple of his monologues are riveting.
One of the greatest police epics and film rarely talked about today when mentioning Lumet's work, but it is definitively one of his best and also one of the projects he regarded as his most personal.
A must watch of American Cinema.
Slightly middling. I kept on waiting for it to take off, but it took until the last chapter to do so, with its take on friendship, justice and self-reproach. I loved the mist the ending leaves over the movie. Ciello makes a compelling lead, but not exactly likable. Everything just kind of falls on your lap and it's easy to shrug some of it off. A good effort, but a bit overlong.
Extensive presentation of one city's continuing problems with police corruption offers a multi-perspective view on the topic with directors trademark restraint for any populist conclusions. Unlike "Serpico" there is little "jazz" in the whole New York setting and protagonists characterizations, with a more depressing, bureaucratic even, tone. Plot might, at certain times, feel a bit unconvincing.
Epic 3-hour film about a cop who turns informer and stirs some serious shit all around him. The movie stars a young Treat Williams who gives a great performance. Lumet is in top form and refuses to make any commercial concessions. As a result the movie is very realistic and doesn't shy away from scenes where "nothing" happens. It's also a pretty depressing work that makes you cynical about the whole justice system.
A heavy handed tragedy with a conservative eye and characters with hard passion. The rabid culmination of characterization during the last 35 minutes; that explosion left me cathartic. I believe Honesty is the foundation for Lumet. The thread that secures his work into an idea.