Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)

NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN adapts Robert Daley's pulp novel "Tainted
Evidence," about a New York City Assistant District Attorney (Andy
Garcia), whose first big case is prosecuting the cop-killing drug
dealer who wounded his police officer father (Ian Holm, yes, Ian
Holm).  If that premise is difficult to swallow, don't even bother
with the later scenes, when bozo time compression makes months pass 
as minutes and Garcia's character is suddenly elected the new Dis-
trict Attorney.  (And very little of which bothered me.  I took of-
fense to the abrupt addition of Lena Olin's love interest.  In her 
scant scenes, she adds nothing.)  While it plays like a three-hour 
movie condensed into the space of two, there are several riveting 
sequences, excellent acting across the board, and a tidy lesson 
about the grayscales of justice.  Written and directed by Sidney 
Lumet.  (Rated "R"/110 min.)

Grade: B+

Copyright 1997 Michael J. Legeros
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Originally posted to triangle.movies in Movie Hell: June 23, 1997

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