Night Falls on Manhattan
A newly elected District attorney finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner.
Lumet courtroom drama. You get what you came for.
Ok, I read the reviews before this and I know its meant to be a serious film with all deep intent, pathos and heart wringing, but to be honest, I was a bit bored.
The film was made in 1997, and I think I have fallen into the trap of seeing too many films before I got round to this one, but I could see the plot coming from a mile away. Also I dont get Andy Garcia. People rave on how a great actor he is. He just looks confused and tried to be Al Pacino.
He looks at people at little cross eyed (I think he has astigmatism) does a sheepish smile, mumbles a lot and then out…
I thought about giving this a 5-star review, but I feel the film was let down by the ending/pay-off. Still, this is a great film, with terrific performances all round, Andy Garcia, and more so in my opinion Ron Leibman, were the stand outs. Half way through the film I realised how much I love Sidney Lumet, I definitely need to see more of his films. Network being top of the list.
And last point...Uncle June as a Judge...brilliant!
For me, Night Falls on Manhattan felt like a classic rock band re-recording their classic material and releasing it like its something new. Its not bad because the original material was brilliant, but the new versions lack the fresh, creative charm that made you love the originals. Although Sidney Lumet is one of my favorite directors, Night Falls on Manhattan was merely a good film that does not really offer anything new. Lumet revisits corrupt New York cops(Serpico) and large courtroom dramas(The Verdict), and combines the two for a good, but far from great film. That being said, Lumet still manages to make a watchable film. The acting is for the most part good, with Richard Dreyfuss doing an excellent…