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Prince of the City Sidney Lumet's film about Robert Leuci — a real-life narcotics detective caught in a web of intra-force betrayal — dispenses with...Prince of the CityDramaPT167MR Sidney Lumet's film about Robert Leuci — a real-life narcotics detective caught in a web of intra-force betrayal — dispenses with...2007-05-18Orion Pictures, Warner Bros.
B+

Prince of the City

Genre: Drama; Starring: Treat Williams; Director: Sidney Lumet; Author: Jay Presson Allen; Runtime (in minutes): 167; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Orion Pictures, Warner Bros.

Sidney Lumet’s film about Robert Leuci — a real-life narcotics detective caught in a web of intra-force betrayal — dispenses with backstories, motivations, and real names. What remains is nearly three hours of disorientation and paranoia, accented by Method-y monologue outbursts that quickly disappear into a vacuum of overwhelming loneliness. Despite more than 100 speaking parts, Treat Williams’ Leuci seems to float through Prince of the City in solitude. EXTRAS In a stellar making-of, Lumet discusses the movie’s complex visual strategies. B+

Originally posted May 18 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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