Some films really get on to ones nerves.. So did the film that I watched yesterday: directed by Gavin O’Connor, who also wrote the script (Joe Carnahan did some of the writing, too..) and whose twin brother Greg O’Connor produced the film:
PRIDE AND GLORY (2008)
In an nutshell:
New York, late December: Four police officers were killed – together with some gang members.
Officer Ray Tierney (Edward Norton) is – after some pushing by his father Deputy Chief Francis Tierney (John Voight) - going to find out who is responsible for that.
His brother Francis “Franny” Tierney, jr. (Noah Emmerich) was the superior of the dead cops and Jimmy Egan (Colin Farrell) - who is married to Franny's and Ray's sister Megan (Lake Bell) - is a fellow officer of them..
~ Officers Sandy and Jimmy - not on a Sunday afternoon walk.. ~
The more Ray investigates the more he finds out about corruption in and beyond the New York Police Department – even reaching into the Tierney family..
- John Ortiz as Ruben "Sandy" Santiago.
- Manny Perez as Coco Dominguez.
- Rick Gonzalez - yeah, the guy from REAPER (2007-2009).. - as Eladio Casado.
- Jennifer Ehle - she plays Abby the wife of Franny - you may know her from another "PRIDE": she was Elizabeth Bennett in the 1995 BBC-version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE... (.."the accurate one"..)
- Not really a task to watch out for her - because you can hardly ignore her: Lake Bell as Jimmy's wife Megan.
~ Don't tell me you didn't notice her.. ~
- The film was planned in 2001 and the filming was about to start in February 2002 but after the events of September 11, 2001 it was cancelled – it seemed to be very disrespectful to the actual New York Police Department to make a film about corruption. The filming was done in 2006 - but the film wasn't released till 2008..
- Hugh Jackman and Mark Wahlberg were supposed to star in this film when it was first planned in 2001.
- Nick Nolte was supposed to play Francis Tierney, sr. – but after three days of filming he left the production because of a chronic knee injury - so his part was given to Jon Voight.
- The German title is DAS GESETZ DER EHRE = The Law of Honor.
- Gary and Greg O’Connor are sons of a New York police officer.
Let’s face the music:
The score was delivered by Mark Isham.
No real glory:
The film is dedicated to Eric Hernandez.
24year old Hernandez was a New York cop and supposed to play in a bit part in the beginning scene of this movie (in which the police team does a football game).
In the night of January 28, 2006 he got in trouble with a group of others in front of a fast food restaurant. Hernandez who was out of duty at that time felt threatened so he pulled out his (service) firearm. In that moment another officer arrived – and shot the person who was armed..
Eric Hernandez died a week later due to the gunshot wounds.
- violence - there is some blood shed in this film..
- harsh language. I was about to count all those "f-words" but after two minutes I had to give in because I lost track.. - I was at ca. nine "f...'s" ..
- corrupt cops
- cancer - though it is no main part of the story - Abby obviously is not as healthy as one would wish for her to be..
~ Jennifer Ehle is doing some very fine and quiet acting in this film. ~
Thank you very much for listening,
yours (very well and) truly
- who prefers her world filled with butterflies and starshine.. or like they would say it in this film: F'##' butterflies and starshine..