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Prince of the City Details


Inspired by a true story, Prince of the City stars Treat Williams as a Manhattan detective who agrees to help the US Department of Justice weed out corruption in the NYPD. Williams agrees on the assurance that he'll never have to turn in a close friend. Wired for sound, Williams almost immediately stumbles upon a police conspiracy to smuggle narcotics to street informants in order to insure cooperation. While this might be condonable in a stretch, the fact is that the many cops are using the drugs on their own, and are also highly susceptible to bribes. Williams gets the goods on the miscreants, but in so doing he breaks the "code" and becomes a pariah to his fellow officers. As we learn in the unsettling final scene, Williams will always be considered a "fink," even by honest cops. Prince of the City is too long for its own good, but its opening expository sequences and its final twenty minutes more than compensate for the duller stretches. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 21, 1981


Awarded by
New York Film Critics Circle Sidney Lumet Best Director 1981 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sidney Lumet Best Director 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sidney Lumet Best Adapted Screenplay 1981 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Treat Williams Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jay Presson Allen Best Adapted Screenplay 1981 Nominee


Treat Williams
as Daniel Ciello
Jerry Orbach
as Gus Levy
Richard Foronjy
as Joe Marinaro
Don Billett
as Bill Mayo
Kenny Marino
as Dom Bando
James Tolkan
as District Attorney Polito
Carmine Caridi
as Gino Mascone
Lance Henriksen
as DA Burano
Paul Roebling
as Brooks Page
Bob Balaban
as Santimassino
Steve Inwood
as Mario Vincente
Lindsay Crouse
as Carla Ciello
Matthew Laurance
as Ronnie Ciello
Tony Turco
as Socks Ciello
Ronald Maccone
as Nick Napoli
Ron Karabatsos
as Dave DeBennedeto
Tony di Benedetto
as Carl Alagretti
Tony Munafo
as Rocky Gazzo
Robert Christian
as The King
Lee Richardson
as Sam Heinsdorff
Lane Smith
as Tug Barnes
Jose Santana
as Jose
Eddie Jones
as Ned
Dana Lorge
as Ann
Peter Friedman
as DA Goldman
Conrad Fowkes
as Elroy Pendleton
Antony Page
as Raf Alvarez
Peter Michael Goetz
as Atty. DeLuth
Burton Collins
as Young Virginia Guard
Harry Madsen
as Bubba
Lionel Pina
as Sancho
Cynthia Nixon
as Jeannie
Carmine Foresta
as Ernie
Bobby Alto
as Mr. Kanter


Sidney Lumet
Burtt Harris
Ray Hartwick
Jay Presson Allen
Jay Presson Allen
Sidney Lumet
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Paul Chihara
Composer (Music Score)
Tony Walton
Production Designer
Edward Pisoni
Art Director
Ray Hartwick
Production Manager