Michael Sauter
October 17, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Night Falls On Manhattan

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Limited Release Date
05/16/97
performer
Dominic Chianese, Andy Garcia, Ian Holm, Lena Olin, Richard Dreyfuss, James Gandolfini
director
Sidney Lumet

We gave it an B-

Buried by the early summer releases, Sidney Lumet’s latest tale of cop corruption made little noise. But renters catching up with it now may be surprised by its power. Garcia generates Pacino-like heat as a prosecutor whose ideals hit the wall when a crackdown on crooked NYPD officers implicates his father (Holm). Based on Robert Daley’s novel Tainted Evidence, the film has its improbabilities, but once Lumet hunkers into the shadows of moral compromise, the director of Serpico and Prince of the City delivers the goods. B+

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