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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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Blue Thunder Review


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When John Badham's Blue Thunder came out I was just a kid, but the film made quite an impression on me. I didn't actually see it. And I suspect that most of the kids who told me long rambling stories about it didn't either. It was one of those school yard legends, like the one about the woman in the apartment across from the middle school who gets undressed in her window for all the world to see, or the one about the kid who was skateboarding a swimming pool and found a machine gun in the deep end. Blue Thunder was just the sweetest thing we could imagine. I mean, it was a helicopter that flew silently (so the story went) and it was all high tech and it could kill a million people in a few seconds. This was the Cold War and something like Blue Thunder just seemed too incredible. This was Ronald Reagan's secret weapon against the commies.

Of course, like all schoolyard tales it was too good to be true. "Blue Thunder" wasn't a top clandestine Commie-busting nuke firing super secret weapon; it was a cool looking helicopter that the cops used to control rioters. When I actually saw the movie a few years later, I was bummed to say the least.

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Tomorrow Review


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The DVD case of 1972'sTomorrow would have you believe that this film features Robert Duvall's "breakthrough performance." Even putting aside The Godfather (1972), THX 1138 (1971), M*A*S*H (1970), and To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), that claim stretches credibility. Frankly, that's because Duvall isn't really very good in the movie.

Neither is Olga Bellin, who plays Sarah Eubanks alongside Duvall's Jackson Fentry. In the film, Sarah turns up on Jackson's farm, pregnant and abandoned by her husband. Jackson takes her into his rickety shack and eventually aids in delivering her baby. Ultimately a loving bond forms.

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