This is one of those ‘what the fuck am I going to watch on Netflix tonight’ choices. After leafing through poster after poster of everything-is-rated-4-star-by-somebody titles I hit upon what I assumed was going to be one of those films De Niro does for the money to fund what he really wants to do. Is that even true? There’s a certain amount of critical acclaim levelled against this film - with De Niro’s performance being cited as a key pull. It’s good but the film itself is a little flimsy - arguably it’s all about the characters anyway with New York being an overt supporting artist in the proceedings.
Directed by Irwin Winkler (who has produced a shed load of amazing movies) who would later direct the Sandra Bullock ‘freight train’ The Net… Night and the City is about an ambulance chasing lawyer, forever an opportunist and an unbeatable optimist. After failing to sue a boxer and his boxing promoter our hero attempts to launch his own fight night leading to financial ruin and a bullet in the back. It’s not exactly uplifting but does evoke the side streets of life within a gritty and bustled New York. It’s a remake of a 1950 British film noir with the wrestling scene replaced by boxing.