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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Ed Norton
Colin Farrell
Nick Nolte
Lake Bell
Samantha Morgan

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Directors
Gavin O'Connor.
Screenwriters
Running Time
130mins minutes

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Pride And Glory
Or NYPD Bent


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Plot
Megan (Bell) is married to tough cop Jimmy Egan (Farrell). When she discovers her husband's complicity in a police corruption scandal that her brother (Norton) is investigating, she must choose between her husband and her family.


Review
Pride And Glory
Originally scheduled to shoot in 2001, this police corruption/family drama was postponed following the September 11 attacks, with it deemed inappropriate to suggest dishonesty in the wake of the NYPD’s heroism in those days. But the strange thing about this film is that, despite the institutional cover-ups and the bent cops that appear, this is a remarkably balanced look at the police force, one that’s even, at times, idealised.

Its problem is that the subject of corruption among Irish-American cops felt clichéd — a given — by the time of On The Waterfront, never mind following The Wire or The Departed. So the focus here is on the clash between the brotherhood between fellow officers and the literal fraternal relationships at its heart: between Edward Norton’s Ray Tierney, assigned to investigate the deaths of four cops in an apparent drugs bust, his brother Frannie (Noah Emmerich), the head of the dead cops’ precinct, and brother-in-law Jimmy (Farrell), the dead men’s sergeant. When Ray learns that his family may have been involved in the deaths, he’s placed in an impossible ethical dilemma.

Shot in the gritty style of a CSI or Law & Order, under cloudy skies and amid decayed street scenes worthy of a post-apocalyptic horror movie, this has atmosphere to spare, and a cast that bring even simple scenes to life. Norton doesn’t stretch even a little as the cop with a conscience — he’s played much the same thing before in the second half of American History X, say. Farrell, too, is on familiar ground, mixing likable, dodgy and guilt-tortured in the way that only a true Irishman can (Irish stereotypes are touched on regularly throughout, from the numerous redheads, to the endless Irish bars, to a climactic fistfight). The rest of the cast is solid, but so uniformly that it’s a kind of miracle. Noah Emmerich and Jennifer Ehle in particular create their own Catch-22 subplot, while John Ortiz’ nervy cop sweats and squirms magnetically as the net tightens around him.

It’s an eminently serviceable thriller, then, one that sketches a convincing portrait of brotherhood among New York’s Finest amid moments of effective high drama — but it can’t quite convince when so many of the ingredients are so terribly familiar.


Verdict
A well-acted and tightly structured piece that would be more impactful if there weren’t a feeling that we’ve seen it before.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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PRETTY DECENT........

GOOD PERFORMANCES FROM FARRELL AND VOIGHT ESPECIALLY...... ... More

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Posted by chrisdagnall at 18:46, 03 June 2012 | Report This Post


Exellent

This film is no way near as good as the departed but this film is brilliant with great performances. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 19:36, 08 March 2011 | Report This Post


Jaw Droppingly Outstanding!

I'm a big fan of Cop movies there has been many co films before but for me personally, none of them does a better job then Pride and Glory. The drama and tension behind it is oustanding. Colin Farrell played a fantastic role as Jimmy Egan, a performance that in my mind deserved at least a nomination. Norton contributed to a lot of the film and also the character even when times Gavin O'Connor didn't agree. It really shows during the film, Norton played a good role as Ray. Jon Voight was the ... More

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Posted by jay92 at 01:02, 08 September 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Very Good

I thought it was an average gritty cop thriller in the vein of Serpico, eliveted by some good performances from Farrell and Voight. I think it would have been a much more interesting film had Farrell and Norton swapped roles and played against type though. ... More

Posted by Workshed at 10:24, 06 April 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Very Good

Not Bad But Sidney Lumet has done it soo much better with Serpico and the hugely neglected Prince Of The City 6.5/10 ... More

Posted by filmburner30 at 10:21, 06 April 2009 | Report This Post


RE: Very Good

I enjoyed it, but Colin Farrell wasn't in it that much, and he and Ed Norton didn't have enough scenes together. Plus Farrell's character is not allowed to be really bad, (the baby scene was a bit YIKES but he only threatens) most of what he does is off screen, the characters talk about it a lot and don't show much. We never find out about THE SCAR, or what actually happened to him. SPOILERS aside from crushing that guys larynx) even then Norton shows up and stops him. Jon Voight's impromptu... More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 03:34, 04 April 2009 | Report This Post


Very Good

There were so many top drawer performances in this movie I simply had to give it four stars. I agree it had that samey corrupt cop movie feel to it initially with the usual dilemmas surrounding loyalty and doing the right thing, but the acting is so damn good it keeps you glued to the screen for the length of it. Colin Farrell gives another blinding performance (along with In Bruges the guy is officially back with a bang), Norton is great as usual and chuck in Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich an... More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 13:48, 04 March 2009 | Report This Post


Too Overlong.

I wanted to see this after seeing many trailers and ads for it so I rented it out for the family for the night and watched it. The first twenty minutes starts promising, four cops die and it affects them seriously. The charters have issues, Ray wants to go back with his ex-wife, Jimmy is not all he seems though his wife is totally in the dark of his crimes and the family are shaken by the thought of someone is a corrput cop. The script seems wrong, they say their lines stiffly and that's not a f... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 11:05, 15 February 2009 | Report This Post


If you look at the cast list before you see this film you`d expect a decent film to say the least, with Jon Voight, Edward Norton and Colin Farell. The result though is a dissapointing film that is one big cliché and really isn`t interesting or exciting at all. The cast does what it can, Norton as well as Farell both give great performances. But the characters they portray, as well as the rest of the film, are so cliché it`s unreal. Everything that we see we`ve seen before, and so muc... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 12:55, 21 November 2008 | Report This Post


Wrong film sweetheart!

I've been gobsmacked by a lot of Empire reviews lately but this time it appears that the reviewer (Helen O'Haha) didn't even bother to watch it. What on earth is that synopsis all about? If you're handing out jobs Empire, I'll take one and sit at home and make things up. How difficult can that be? Anyway, back to the film.... I kinda enjoyed it. It was a bit hand-held camera throughout and sometimes the dialogue was a bit mumbley, but on the whole okay until the awful last 10 minutes when it ran... More

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Posted by timbailey60 at 14:04, 15 November 2008 | Report This Post


Films details should be updated

The synopsis puts the accent on Lake Bell's Character. And Nick Nolte was replaced at the last minute by Jon Voight. Otherwise this is a very good cop story with a great cast and an excellent script. The letdown is that director Gavin O'Connor shoots the whole film like an average episode of NYPD Blue. His film lacks the classical style of, say, a Sidney Lumet police corruption thriller. Imagine what Lumet would have done with that cast and script! Anyway, it's still a good film. Colin Fa... More

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Posted by Toursiveu2 at 17:34, 13 November 2008 | Report This Post


PRIDE AND GLORY IS A FILM THAT SO DEARLY WANTS TO BE UP IN THE SAME RANKS AS SCORCESE AND LUMETb but fails becuse farrels character is not charismatic enough he doesnt have the charisma of denzel in training day or josh brolin in the departedeven though he is a badasswhy do these men follw him?, norton turns in the best perf jon voight and noah emmerich also good. similar to last years we belong to the night in some ways t... More

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Posted by quizkid at 12:22, 12 November 2008 | Report This Post


Pride & Glory

Pride and Glory is an occasionally slow-moving (especially the first 45 mins ) . It as also an often brutal and sometimes engrossing look at the effect that working as a cop can have on your family, and vice-versa. It tackles similar themes to We Own The Night, but is executed and performed with much more guile and passion; with O'Connor using the handheld camera to stirring effect right from the energetic opening . It's also intensely acted by all concerned, with Voight giving his best performa... More

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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 20:15, 09 November 2008 | Report This Post


Who wrote that synopsis?

"Megan (Bell) is married to tough cop Jimmy Egan (Farrell). When she discovers her husband's complicity in a police corruption scandal that her brother (Norton) is investigating, she must choose between her husband and her family." It makes it sound like the film is about Lake Bell's character, when her plot is sub at best. Surely it's about Ed Norton's Ray having to choose between loyalty and duty? Does Bell's character even find out what her husband's involved in? Just seems li... More

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Posted by neafcy at 16:01, 08 November 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Pride And Glory

Just watched this yesterday and I thought it was pretty average. Apart from some good performances from Edward Norton and Jon Voight the story was not that interesting because I felt like I had seen it before in Serpico and Cop Land. 7/10 ... More

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Posted by Chris66 at 12:11, 07 November 2008 | Report This Post


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