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Prince Of The City Review


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Before there was The Departed, before there was Donnie Brasco, there was this tale of cop corruption and undercover work, directed by a down-the-rabbit-hole Sidney Lumet. Based on a true story, Prince features a rather bland Treat Williams as Danny Ciello, who goes undercover to expose corruption in (where else) the NYPD. Naturally, he soon learns that just about everyone is on the take, including his own partners. Eventually, Ciello himself becomes suspect for his prior drug use. The film starts off strong as Ciello starts delving into the underworld of corrupt cops, but eventually starts to repeat itself and bog down as it hits its third hour. Fortunately, numerous supporting stars keep it largely worth watching.

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Q & A Review


Good
Sidney Lumet's sprawling cop/DA drama shows promise but ends up muddled and confused, the victim of a few too many subplots and side characters -- all of whom get killed. Nolte is hilariously bad and good at the same time as a corrupt cop, while Hutton is the earnest DA trying to bust him. Remarkably mediocre.

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Deathtrap Review


Very Good
Lots of circuitous fun in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of the Broadway play, in which Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve are unforgettable in a story that involves a highly wanted draft of a play, a house full of weapons, and enough doublecrossing to make anyone dizzy. That house ends up as the real star of the show, a mysterious old mill (complete with windmill) that is home to the film's most unique surprises. And though it's a bit meandering toward the middle, Caine turns in one of a surprisingly great performance.
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