Night Falls on Manhattan

Synopsis: Sean Casey is the newest member of the district attorneys office and he is close to uncovering a police scandal that might involve his father Liam, who works for the NYPD. Then his father is critically wounded in a stake-out, Sean is chosen to prosecute the case.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Republic Pictures Home Video
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

coming together...

on the four corners of this one block.

I don't want any of those pricks from

the six-four, the six-five...

horning in on this, right?

We did the fucking work,

we get the fucking collar.

What about back-up?

We got the warrant. We're the ones

sitting here getting hemorrhoids

we get the collar.

You think Shmuelie the stoolie's going

to show up tonight, or what?

He's a junkie.

How can you trust a junkie?

You going to buy one some day,

you come on me like that.

Well, f*ck you, cop.

You think it's easy, huh?

I'm crawling here so nobody spots me

and you think it's easy.

You're breaking my heart, scumbag.

You just knock next time, or I'm going

to take your fucking head off.

Why you talking to me like that, huh?

Liam, why's he talking to me like that?

Because really he loves you, Samuel.

You're our favorite rat.

He's rough on you 'cause he doesn't want

the other rats we got to get jealous.

Oh yeah, well f*ck you too.

- Cut the bullshit. What've you got?

Well, maybe I got nothing.

Here, dick-head.

Get the f*ck out of here.

He's up there now.

He's up there now: apartment 3D.

- Alone?

I don't know.

He may have got some guiff with him.

Is he carrying?

Come on. Jordan Washington don't make

a move without a rocket in his pocket.

Get the f*ck out of here.

- Hey, you guys are swell, really swell.

I hope he gives you one in the kneecap.

Huh? Boom.


Let's go.

Liam, I want to call for back-up.

We'll have him trussed up like a deer

on a fender by the time they get here.

Seven-four. This is Allegretto.

We got a fix on Jordan Washington.


We got two plain-clothes going in

with warrant. Send back-up. Come heavy.


- Ten-thirteen. Location?

Ten-thirteen. We got an officer down,

All right, now,

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Sidney Lumet

Sidney Arthur Lumet ( loo-MET; June 25, 1924 – April 9, 2011) was an American director, producer, and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976), and The Verdict (1982). He did not win an individual Academy Award, but he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, which was nominated for ten, winning four. The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the modern era, having directed more than one movie a year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his "strong direction of actors," "vigorous storytelling" and the "social realism" in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having been "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." Lumet was also known as an "actor's director," having worked with the best of them during his career, probably more than "any other director." Sean Connery, who acted in five of his films, considered him one of his favorite directors, and a director who had that "vision thing."A member of the maiden cohort of New York's Actors Studio, Lumet began his directorial career in Off-Broadway productions, then became a highly efficient TV director. His first movie, 12 Angry Men (1957), was a courtroom drama centered on tense jury deliberations. Lumet subsequently divided his energies among other political and social drama films, as well as adaptations of literary plays and novels, big stylish stories, New York-based black comedies, and realistic crime dramas, including Serpico and Prince of the City. As a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he was also responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies.In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters, performers, and the art of the motion picture." Two years later, he concluded his career with the acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007). A few months after Lumet's death in April 2011, a retrospective celebration of his work was held at New York's Lincoln Center with the appearance of numerous speakers and film stars. In 2015, Nancy Buirski directed By Sidney Lumet, a documentary about his career, and in January 2017 PBS devoted its American Masters series to Lumet's life as a director. more…

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