Monday, November 21, 2011

Night and the City (1992)

Synopsis: Bottom-feeding, ambulance-chasing lawyer falls even further down the food chain when he tries his hand at being a boxing promoter.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Buy 5 and get the unreleased 1950 version free!” [yup –that’s all there is, besides a few positive reviews]

What Did I Learn?: Regis Philbin doesn’t like it much when total strangers approach him as he’s eating.

You Might Like This Movie If: You love both Robert De Niro and boxing, but you don’t want to watch Raging Bull.

Really?: 1) It's awfully convenient that De Niro’s adversary in the film (Alan King) can usually be found dining in De Niro’s neighbourhood bar/restaurant. 2) Jessica Lange is suspiciously forgiving after she gives her boyfriend $5000 to buy a liquor license and he brings home a forgery.

Rating: Jessica Lange is sexy, Alan King is menacing, and De Niro gives a tour-de-force performance as a sleazy lawyer trying hard to keep it all together. Night and the City is a good movie, but it becomes obvious mid-way through that our increasingly unlikeable hero is on his way towards an epic fail. The film is a little tough to watch from that point on. 7/10 stars.

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