R | | Crime, Drama
A New York City narcotics detective reluctantly agrees to cooperate with a special commission investigating police corruption, and soon realises he's in over his head, and nobody can be trusted.
Lumet wanted to direct the film because he felt it would be a more accurate portrayal of police than Serpico (1973).
What did you say your name was?
Daniel Ciello: Ciello.
Detective Stern: Are you the Detective Ciello?
Daniel Ciello: I'm Detective Ciello.
Detective Stern: I don't think I have anything to learn from you.
Early in his Chase Commission assignment, Det. Ciello shaves his chest hair to prevent the tape holding the wire to his chest from pulling out his chest hair. However, when he arrests bail bondsman DeBennedeto, Ciello's chest is shown to be unshaven.
The film originally premiered on TV in a version broadcast over 4 hours (running no longer than 196 minutes), including previously unseen material which had been cut from the 167-minute theatrical release. Among the restored scenes is one that makes more sense of the DiBenadetto Case (the character Ciello's first rat-job).
English, Spanish, Italian
$64,713 23 August 1981