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Pride and Glory

Year: 2008
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Writer: Gavin O'Connor/Greg O'Connor/Joe Carnahan/Robert Hopes
Cast: Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich
We've seen this story before. Films from Joe Carnahan's Narc and Dark Blue to David Ayer's Street Kings are close cousins to Gavin O'Connor's love letter to working class New York cop families. Scripted by Carnahan, it could have been just another gritty urban cop drama in lesser hands.

But sharp dialogue and strong dramatic chops lift it into very affecting territory. Great work from both masters of the craft (Norton) and actors who've appeared in their fair share of duds (Voight and more recently Farrell) make it something special.

A nasty kernel of corruption is sprouting, and damaged cop Ray (Norton) is convinced by his ex-cop Dad (Voight) to lead the task force to crack it open. The stink leads him closer to his own brother in law, streetwise cop Jimmy (Farrell) and Jimmy's commander (and Ray's brother) Francis (Emmerich), and threatens much more than family disloyalty.

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