Cinema: Vise Squad

PRINCE OF THE CITY

Directed by Sidney Lumet

Screenplay by Jay Presson Allen and Sidney Lumet

He's smart, tough, successful and full of pride. He is, in his early 30s, a member of a New York police elite. The Special Investigating Unit has amassed an impressive record of convictions in major crimes—drug busts, police and other governmental corruption. He is, in the words of an admiring judge, one of the city's princes.

But princes, as everyone long ago learned from the fairy tales, can be turned into frogs. This relentless and terrifying movie is about how the organs of the state—acting in the...

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