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

My name is McGovern.

Mr. McGovern to you.

I am the Assistant to the Assistant

Deputy Administrative Assistant to...

the District Attorney of New York County.

You are in training as Assistant

District Attorneys of New York County.

And my Assistant title is a hell of a

lot higher than your Assistant title.

So watch your asses you're out of here.

You passed your bar exams and 're here...

because you didn't get a decent offer

after law school...

and you got to start someplace.

I know what you got in mind. You'll do

your time here because...

you got to have something on your resume.

One or two of you figure maybe you'll

get lucky, maybe Alan Dershowitz,

maybe Bruce Cutler will see you...

in court one day waiting for their cases

to come up and your career will be made.

Most of you just want a stepping stone

to some Wall Street law office...

or a divorce firm with society clients.

You're in it for the money.

Don't give me any crap about justice...

the law, the sacredness of your duty,

blah blah, blah.

You're out of here as fast as

a decent offer comes around

you figure you can

do better chasing ambulances.

Listen, you're going to fight judges

that don't give a sh*t,

cops in court only to see how much

overtime they can rack up...

rapists, gonifs, teenagers who shot

a guy over a pair of sneakers...

scam artists, pimps, lunatics

who think they should be outside...

walking around Central Park

trying to diddle seven-year-old kids.

So now we know the truth.

Okay, your case load may run

forty cases at a time.

You read your entire New York Penal

Code and your ECAB manual.

There are five divisions in

the Rackets Division.

Construction Industry Task Force.

Official Corruption Unit.

Organized Crime.

I'll set bail at five hundred dollars.

- Your honor...

this woman knifed

a store security guard.

Come on, counselor.

Five hundred dollars to her is like

fifty-thousand to us. Have a heart.

You weren't just caught with a nickel,

bag, Ed. You got to help me help you.

I can get you into Rehab.

You want to die in some toilet

with a spike in your arm?

F*** you.

I represent the law

you show me respect, do you hear me?

You want to die in some toilet with

a spike in your arm?

Why do you think you should be released,

Mr. Agonostes?

I signed myself in,

I can sign myself out...

I signed myself in

I can sign myself out.

I signed myself in,

I can sign myself out...

We cannot let these people run wild

in the streets.

I know you will do right by the people

of New York. Thank you.

Your honor...

Excuse me.

Hi. Sorry I'm late, the judge kept...

I got to cut down on the coffee.

I'm like a goddam pipe:

I drink it, piss it out

five minutes later.

I keep telling you: decaff, decaff.

- I've tried it. I'd rather piss.

You know...

I'm still not used to it.

Every time we got to hit the door.

You're a lucky son of a b*tch.

You know,

I haven't slept for two nights?

Well, I think maybe

I got no imagination...

'cause I never think of

nothing going wrong.

I sleep like a baby

no butterflies.

Maybe 'cause I got you to protect me.

Yeah, yeah.

Or maybe you're just stupid.

- I'm definitely stupid.

But I'm also bigger than you, so why

don't you let me hit the door this time?

Listen, you big slob,

how many times do I have to tell you?

You're the junior member of the firm.

The little guy goes first,


That bastard could be up there now,

counting money. Listen...

if we go in tonight, you and me,

we go fast. Right?

Everybody wants this bastard.

We got all three goddam precincts

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 f***ing work,

we get the f***ing 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*** 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 f***ing 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*** you too.

- Cut the bullshit. What've you got?

Well, maybe I got nothing.

Here, dick-head.

Get the f*** 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*** 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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