Taglines: 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, less for his legal expertise than because Sean’s father, Liam (Ian Holm), was one of the injured officers, guaranteeing good press. 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.
Night Falls on Manhattan is a 1997 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, set and filmed on location in New York City. Its screenplay is by Lumet, based on a novel by Robert Daley entitled Tainted Evidence. The film centers on a newly elected district attorney played by Andy García, who is eager to stamp out corruption within the New York City Police Department. Ian Holm, James Gandolfini, Lena Olin, Ron Leibman and Richard Dreyfuss star in principal supporting roles.
A joint collective effort to commit to the film’s production was made by the studios of Paramount Pictures and Spelling Films. It was commercially distributed by Paramount Pictures theatrically, and by Paramount Home Entertainment for home media. Night Falls on Manhattan explores criminal law, political corruption, and the repercussions of violence. Following its cinematic release, it failed to garner any awards from mainstream organizations for its lead acting or production merits.
Night Falls on Manhattan premiered in U.S. theaters on May 16, 1997 grossing $9,889,670 in domestic ticket receipts. The film saw its widest release in 758 theaters nationwide. Preceding its theatrical run, the film was generally met with mixed to positive critical reviews before its initial screening in cinemas. The Region 1 Code widescreen edition with special features was released on DVD in the United States on November 17, 1998.
Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Andy García, Richard Dreyfuss, Lena Olin, Ian Holm, James Gandolfini, Colm Feore, Ron Leibman, Dominic Chianese, Bonnie Rose, Norman Matlock, James Murtaugh
Screenplay by: Sidney Lumet
Production Design by: Philip Rosenberg
Cinematography by: David Watkin
Film Editing by: Sam O’Steen
Costume Design by: Joseph G. Aulisi
Set Decoration by: Carolyn Cartwright
Art Direction by: Robert Guerra
Music by: Mark Isham
MPAA Rating: R for violence and language.
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: May 16, 1997