Blu-ray | Thriller | 26 Aug 2020
Blu-ray | Thriller | 26 Aug 2020
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In a city of nine million people is there room for one honest man?
A lawyer discovers just how fine the line between good and evil can be in this drama based on the novel Tainted Evidence by Robert Daley. When a carefully-planned bust of drug dealer Jordan Washington (Shiek Mahmud-Bey) goes sour, a shootout between Washington and officers from three precincts leaves a number of cops dead or wounded. Washington escapes in the confusion, but he turns himself in on the advice of gadfly lawyer Sam Vigoda (Richard Dreyfuss). District Attorney Morgenstern (Ron Leibman) appoints Sean Casey (Andy Garcia), a former cop new to trial law, to prosecute the case. Despite Vigoda's allegations of widespread police corruption, Sean scores an easy victory in the case; Washington is behind bars, and the young lawyer's career is on the rise; however, the discovery of a dead body confirms suspicions that Vigoda's allegations have a basis in fact, and Sean learns that his father may be in on a police cover-up. Night Falls on Manhattan also features Lena Olin as Sean's girlfriend and James Gandolfini as Liam's partner.
Review of Night Falls On Manhattan by Christopher Pattison
Sidney Lumet’s filmography has become one of the most impressive in the history of film. With classics ‘12 Angry Men’, ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ and the original adaptation of Agathe The Christie’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’. Thanks to Via Vision Entertainment's new premium Blu-Ray label ‘Imprint Films’, a forgotten 1996 classic ‘Night Falls Over Manhattan’ has now released on Blu-Ray here in Australia for the first time. This film follows a newly elected District Attorney Sean Casey (played by Andy Garcia), who finds himself in the middle of a police corruption investigation that may involve his father and his partner. With an impressive cast that also includes Sir Ian holm, James Gandolfini and Lena Olin. With an impressive cast and the great Sidney Lumet at the helm, how was ‘A Night Falls On Manhattan’?
‘A Night Falls On Manhattan’ is a fantastic detective noir film, filled with great performances, deft direction from Sidney Lumet and an intense, engaging and well-crafted story that still holds-up well today. Andy Garcia shines here as Sean Casey, giving a strong performance proving why he is one of the best actors working in Hollywood. He is relatable as the character and you can really get behind him as well. Lumet draws from noir detective films of the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s, making a modern noir that does a really good job at establishing character and atmosphere which Lumet has done so well during his prolific career.
‘Night Falls On Manhattan’ is a well-directed, well-acted noir thriller that pays homage to the detective noir’s of all, putting a fresh take on the genre and making the film feel unique and fresh. I am giving ‘Night Falls On Manhattan’ an 8/10. Pick-up your copy of this limited Imprint Films title on Blu-Ray today from your local Sanity or online!
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Review of Night Falls on Manhattan by Peter Walkden
Sean (Andy Garcia) is an upcoming lawyer working for the District Attorney in the city of Manhattan. Sean’s life takes a significant turn when his father (a police officer) is shot and badly wounded during a stake-out. Given the family connection, Sean is asked to run the case. This will give him the opportunity to try and prosecute the gunman of three police officers and the same suspect who wanted to kill Sean’s father.
While Sean is on the case and fighting in the courtroom, he soon suspects a new scandal which is more significant. Sean begins to suspect a substantial scandal which may involve many Police officers. More worrying than this, Sean now has concerns that his very own father, who was recently wounded and shot, may also be somehow connected.
Sean has now been put in a complicated situation. What started as a quick and easy court case with a murderer has now turned into a situation where Sean may go down the path of revealing crimes committed by police officers.
Performances in Night Falls on Manhattan are stunning. Andy Garcia is great and likeable as Sean. Supporting roles, including Richard Dreyfuss and the late James Gandolfini, were also pleasing. Ian Holm, who plays Sean’s father, was also a significant standout here.
Thanks to Imprint Films in Australia, this title has been released on Blu-ray for the first time. The visuals, along with the film’s 5.1 Surround track, were extremely positive.
Overall, I found this film to be a great film! Performances by Andy Garcia, Ian Holm, Richard Dreyfuss, and the late James Gandolfini were all fantastic. The plot itself is unpredictable, and I found myself enjoying the story of this film as it combined many elements such as crime, drama, and thriller and shouldn’t be missed!
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Title: Night Falls On Manhattan
Release Date: 26 Aug 2020
Actor(s): Andy Garcia, Ian Holm, James Gandolfini, Lena Olin, Shiek Mahmud-Bey, Colm Feore, Ron Leibman, Richard Dreyfuss, Dominic Chianese, Paul Guilfoyle, Bonnie Rose, Norman Matlock, Sidney Armus, James Murtaugh, Melba Martinez
Catalogue No: IMP2145
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
OFLC Rating: M
Run Time: 113
Transfer Format: 1080P HD, 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: B
OFLC Advice: Medium Level Coarse Language, Medium Level Violence
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller