Taglines: A cop is turning. Nobody’s safe.
New York City cop Daniel Ciello (Treat Williams) is involved in some questionable police practices. He is approached by internal affairs, and federal prosecutors, to participate in an investigation of police corruption. In exchange for his potentially being let off the hook, Ciello is instructed to begin to expose the inner workings of illegal police activity and corruption. Danny agrees as long as he does not have to turn in his partners but he soon learns that he cannot trust anyone and he must decide whose side he is on and who is on his.
Prince of the City is a 1981 American crime drama film about an NYPD officer who chooses to expose police corruption for idealistic reasons. The character of Daniel Ciello (played by Treat Williams) was based on real-life NYPD Narcotics Detective Robert Leuci and the script was based on Robert Daley’s 1978 book of the same name. The film was directed by Sidney Lumet and also featured Jerry Orbach. Prince of the City was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, but lost to On Golden Pond.
Prince of the City (1981)
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Treat Williams, Jerry Orbach, Richard Foronjy, Don Billett, Kenny Marino, Carmine Caridi, Tony Page, Norman Parker
Screenplay by: Jay Presson Allen, Sidney Lumet
Production Design by: Tony Walton
Cinematography by: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Film Editing by: Jack Fitzstephens
Costume Design by: Anna Hill Johnstone
Set Decoration by: George DeTitta Sr.
Art Direction by: Edward Pisoni
Music by: Paul Chihara
Distributed by: Orion Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: August 21, 1981