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Pride and Glory Film, Is This Another Dull Cop Movie?

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Well, this fiery, gritty New York cop movie boasts more than street smarts. It contains a volatile blend of street sensitivity and testosterone . In his first film since his Olympic hockey movie Miracles, the director, Gavin O'Connor, has made a tale about the NYPD that captures the loneliness of police work when it is done as a family business. The O'Conner brothers, whose father was a police officer, were given access to the police department and its officers. Gavin O'Connor described their intent: "My father was a New York City detective, and I grew up in that world. It's a celebration of honest cops, which was everything my father was about. Though it is fictional, it is an homage to my father."

The O'Connor brothers co-wrote the movie script with Joe Carnahan and New York Police Officer Robert A. Hopes. This adds something to the authenticity of the movie, however there are times during the film that seem way out of the ordinary. One scene that comes to mind involves a police officer holding an iron close to a baby's face.

Hollywood star Edward Norton stars as Ray Tierney, a New York cop drawn into a task force investigating a Washington Heights shoot-out that took down four fellow officers. Noah Emmerich stars alongside him as his brother, Jon Voight as their father, and Colin Farrell stars as their brother-in-law. A family of cops that have their loyalties tested.

As Norton's good cop cries "Enough!" to the kind of blind loyalty that hides corruption, Pride and Glory should catch the public mood and draw the audience. Pride and Glory explores the boundaries of melodrama. It's a drama, except that it's acted out by men who brutally express themselves with fists, clubs and guns.

A social-political subtext often supplies Edward Norton with the juice he needs to get him going as an actor. Here he and O'Connor explore how navigating a city's lower depths and allowing extortion and other crimes to fester within the police department taint well-meaning men and result in police brutality and torture.

The title refers to the qualities that draw men and women to the force but the movie is full of observations and insights that are, in many ways, richer than its stated themes. Egan's brutality wouldn't be so shocking if Colin Farrell wasn't so persuasive as a man who delights in his own family.

In this film, evil does live with the good - in the police department, and in their families.

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