Prince of the City

Synopsis: New York City cop Daniel Ciello is involved in some questionable police practices. He is approached by internal affairs and in exchange for him potentially being let off the hook, he is instructed to begin to expose the inner workings of police corruption. Danny agrees as long as he does not have to turn in his partners but he soon learns that he cannot trust anyone and he must decide whose side he is on and who is on his.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Warner Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
167 min

And I can't tell you how sorry I am

that cops are easy.

You know, my whole career,

I've never seen anything but good cops.

In SIU, I see great cops.

Great detectives.

If a guy took as a cop,

he'll take as a detective.

If a guy took as a DA,

he'll take as a judge.

Okay, thanks for coming in, detective.

Oh, I will be in touch.

Or if you should want to call me,

office and home.

By the way, if you do

have something, anything... wouldn't have to go through

the Chase Commission.

There are lots of other

investigative branches.

Looking for something besides cops?

I'd love to hear it.

Did you read the report?

Ten times as many cops

got themselves bit in 1966... got themselves bit in 1964.

Hey, Gino, do they say

where they got themselves bit?

- Who else could live with this?

- Who needs a drink?

Hey, Ernie.

I've got Ronnie upstairs.

Watch what your sister

puts in her mouth, hear?

Why ask?

I'm reading the new Vonnegut.

- Who?

- Vonnegut, you guys ought to try it.

- Who?

- I wanna get out of here.

Your father and Ernie

have got Ronnie upstairs.

I read that report, Gino. Thanks, Bill.

One of the worst hazards

of the profession, biters.

Yeah, but you got to see

where my horse was bit.

I found him in the road.

He wouldn't tell me who done it.

All right, thanks Ernie.

Go back downstairs, Pop.

- His cheek is cut bad.

- I said I'd take care of it.

- He's your brother.

- Sure you'll take care of it.

Like you always take care of it, right?

If you took care of it...

...think I'd be coming here

like some fucked-over piece of meat?

What is it, huh?

You got a problem, Ronnie?

You got a new problem? Why don't

you tell me about your problem, Ronnie?

- I mean, I've done everything I can.

- You don't do nothing. Nothing!

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Jay Presson Allen

Jay Presson Allen (March 3, 1922 – May 1, 2006) was an American screenwriter, playwright, stage director, television producer and novelist. Known for her withering wit and sometimes-off-color wisecracks, she was one of the few women making a living as a screenwriter at a time when women were a rarity in the profession. "You write to please yourself," she said, "The only office where there's no superior is the office of the scribe." more…

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