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Sidney Lumet, 1990
USA | Format: 35mm | 132 minutes
Armand Assante, Paul Calderon and Judge Edwin Torres will attend and participate in a Q&A following the screening.
Lumet returned to a favorite subject—corruption inside the New York City Police Department—for this blistering adaptation of the novel by Carlito’s Way author (and New York Supreme Court Justice) Edwin Torres. The result is his best film of the 1990s. In a towering performance, Nick Nolte stars as Lt. Mike Brennan, an openly racist NYPD cop under questioning for the purportedly “justifiable” homicide of a Latino drug dealer in the line of duty. Leading the charge is an idealistic assistant DA (Timothy Hutton), whose investigation leads him to a serpentine underworld of lurid New York nightlife, a flamboyant drug dealer (Golden Globe nominee Armand Assante) and the insidious conspiracies of those who deem themselves above the law.
“Lumet’s boldest film in years — a combustible drama with a vivid, shocking immediacy. The director is back at the top of his game.”
—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“Nolte simply outdoes himself. As the treacherous Brennan, a man of many more layers than he lets on, he gives a performance of venomous brilliance—it’s the most daring, lived-in portrait of human evil since Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet.”
—Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly