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Tainted Evidence

The book Tainted Evidence was made into the movie Night Falls on Manhattan.

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Book details for Tainted Evidence

Tainted Evidence was written by Robert Daley. The book was published in 1993 by Warner Vision. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

Robert Daley also wrote Year of the Dragon (1981).

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An engrossing story of passion and power, Tainted Evidence is the basis for the movie Night Falls on Manhattan, directed by Sidney Lumet. When a drug-dealing murder suspect guns down five police officers during a botched raid in Harlem, New York City's pe... Read More
An engrossing story of passion and power, Tainted Evidence is the basis for the movie Night Falls on Manhattan, directed by Sidney Lumet. When a drug-dealing murder suspect guns down five police officers during a botched raid in Harlem, New York City's percolating racial tensions explode. Assistant District Attorney Karen Henning becomes involved with the case and ends up challenging her principles and loyalties when she falls in love with her star witness. The case threatens to destroy her carefully built life and the justice system she has worked so long to protect. Robert Daley spins a convincing tale of police, politics, and juris prudence that grabs the reader's attention and doesn't let it go until long after the book is closed.

Movie details for Night Falls on Manhattan

The movie was released in 1997 and directed by Sidney Lumet, who also directed The Verdict (1982), Family Business (1989) and Critical Care (1997). Night Falls on Manhattan was produced by Paramount. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Andy Garcia, Ian Holm, James Gandolfini, Lena Olin, Shiek Mahmud-Bey, Colm Feore, Ron Leibman, Richard Dreyfuss, Dominic Chianese, Paul Guilfoyle (II), Bonnie Rose, Norman Matlock, Sidney Armus, James Murtaugh, Melba Martinez, Santo Fazio, Anthony Alessandro, David Wolos-Fonteno, John Seitz and Stephen Beach.

 

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The dominant themes of director Sidney Lumet's distinguished career are in full force in this moral melodrama involving a young district attorney (Andy Garcia) who takes on a career-making case only to uncover his father's possible involvement in pervasiv... Read More
The dominant themes of director Sidney Lumet's distinguished career are in full force in this moral melodrama involving a young district attorney (Andy Garcia) who takes on a career-making case only to uncover his father's possible involvement in pervasive police corruption. Balancing personal ethics and political compromise in a high-wire act of power and its abuse, Lumet relies on dialogue and superb performances (including those by Ron Leibman, Richard Dreyfuss, and Lena Olin) to achieve a devastating impact. The script (based on the novel Tainted Evidence by Robert Daley) is too smart and Lumet's direction too sure-footed to fall back on the black-and-white exploits of conventional criminals and their crimes. The movie's moral framework (like that of Lumet's earlier film Q&A) is more realistic, dealing in the gray areas between right and wrong where misdeeds can arise from the best intentions. At the center of Garcia's dilemma is his father, a seasoned New York cop played so convincingly by Ian Holm that you'd never guess the actor was British. Although it received mixed reviews when released in 1997, Night Falls on Manhattan ranks among Lumet's finest films. --Jeff Shannon