Pride and Glory (film)

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Pride and Glory
Prideandglory 1.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gavin O'Connor
Produced by Greg O'Connor
Screenplay by Gavin O'Connor
Joe Carnahan
Story by Gavin O'Connor
Greg O'Connor
Robert Hopes
Starring Edward Norton
Colin Farrell
Jon Voight
Noah Emmerich
Music by Mark Isham
Cinematography Declan Quinn
Edited by Lisa Zeno Churgin
John Gilroy
Solaris Entertainment
O'Connor Brothers
Avery Pix
Distributed by New Line Cinema (US)
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
Release dates
  • October 24, 2008 (2008-10-24) (US)
  • November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07) (UK & IRL)
Running time
130 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Box office $43,440,721[1]

Pride and Glory is a 2008 crime drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor. It stars Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, and Noah Emmerich. The film was released on October 24, 2008, in the United States.

Assistant Chief Francis Tierney (Jon Voight) is the head of a multigenerational police family, which includes his sons Francis, Jr. (Noah Emmerich), Ray (Edward Norton), and his son-in-law Jimmy Egan (Colin Farrell) all being police officers. When four of Francis Jr.'s officers are killed during a shootout turned bad, everything looks straight initially. However, Ray, who is assigned to the investigation, soon discovers something more sinister.[2]


Jimmy Egan (Colin Farrell) leads the New York City Police Department to victory in police-league football. While everybody is celebrating, Francis "Franny'" Tierney Jr. (Noah Emmerich), Jimmy's brother-in-law and superior officer, answers his phone to find out that several men from their unit have been killed during a failed drug bust of a local gang leader, Angel Tezo.

Franny and his brother, Ray Tierney (Edward Norton), rush to the scene and find that four officers in Franny's division were the ones killed in the raid. Francis Tierney Sr. (Jon Voight), a retired NYPD police officer of high rank, pushes Ray to lead the task-force being formed to investigate the incident. Ray — still haunted by a prior, unrelated incident where he succumbed to internal department pressures in protecting a bad cop, ultimately costing him his marriage — is reluctant at first, but is unable to deny his father's request and agrees. He soon learns of an eyewitness, a young Hispanic boy, who saw a bleeding Tezo escape the scene by hijacking a cab. A possible suspect's cell phone is also recovered from the scene.

Jimmy, Kenny Dugan (Shea Whigham), Reuben Santiago (John Ortiz) and Eddie Carbone (Frank Grillo) meet at the abandoned getaway cab containing the dead cab driver. These four officers are part of a corrupt gang of NYPD police led by Jimmy. Under his direction, they burn the cab and dead driver, and set about finding Tezo before Ray and the task force do. Later, during a family Christmas dinner, Jimmy and Franny have a private discussion in which Franny reveals knowledge of some of Jimmy's illegal dealings and asks for reassurance that he will not face the consequences himself.

A gang-related shootout takes place in an apartment leaving only one living witness, who informs Ray that Tezo was tipped off about the raid by a friend in the NYPD named "Sandy". Ray investigates Tezo's phone records and finds a received call from the same phone found outside the crime scene, which was also used to call the police after the shooting, indicating that the witness's story is correct. Later, Ray tells Franny about this and asks whether there is someone by that name in his division. Franny says no.

Later, Franny confronts officer Reuben "Sandy" Santiago with the disturbing discovery. He admits to what he did and expresses surprise when Franny claims he never knew what was going on with the officers in his unit. Santiago tells Franny the incident took place because they wanted to kill Tezo so they could work with another dealer, Casado, but that Santiago warned Tezo due to a childhood friendship, believing Tezo would simply flee and not thinking the police would be in danger. Franny tells Santiago to hand over his badge.

Jimmy is confronted at his home by Casado, who had paid Jimmy to kill Tezo so that they could start working with him. Casado threatens to harm his family if the problem is not resolved soon. Jimmy and the other corrupt cops rush to find Tezo, threatening his cousin who finally reveals Tezo's location when Jimmy threatens to burn his baby son with an iron.

Ray also discovers Tezo's location and, while waiting for backup, enters the building when he hears gunshots. He discovers Jimmy and his gang as they are torturing Tezo to death. Jimmy kills Tezo with Ray's gun and tells Ray he can be the hero of the manhunt for the cop killer. Ray attacks Jimmy, but realizes he cannot do much as it was his gun that killed Tezo. Ray calls Franny to tell him what happened. Franny, now realizing the extent of Jimmy's corruption, is initially hesitant to risk his position by admitting involvement, but his terminally-ill fiancé insists that Franny do the right thing in order to be a role model for her children.

Sandy calls a reporter to do an expose on the corrupt cops, then kills himself. The police blame Sandy and the four dead cops from the raid. Francis Jr. confronts Jimmy, who is surprised that Francis Jr. is mad, insisting that he knew what was happening. Francis Jr. admits he allowed Jimmy and the cops some leeway to make extra money, but is furious at how far they took the corruption. He tells Jimmy he won't allow him to frame Ray for murdering Tezo. Jimmy offers Francis "his cut", but Francis refuses and leaves.

Ray tells Internal Affairs he didn't kill Tezo, but won't say who did. Francis Sr. sees Jimmy's interview tape, in which Jimmy tells the investigators he saw Ray shoot Tezo. Francis Sr. tells Ray to go along with it to protect the family, but Ray refuses. Francis Jr. says that he will come clean, against his father's wishes.

Two members of Jimmy's corrupt crew try to rob a liquor store, which goes badly. A bystander and one of the two cops are killed, and the other holds the store owner hostage as both police and local gangsters look on getting increasingly rowdy. Francis Jr. goes to the liquor store to talk his officer out of holding the owner hostage. He manages to get the officer out of the store alive as police hold back the people on the streets, who are on the verge of rioting thanks in large part to Tezo's cousin announcing what Jimmy did to him and his family.

Ray confronts Jimmy at the bar. They fight, and Ray emerges victorious. When Ray is walking a handcuffed Jimmy to his cruiser, the crowd surrounds them looking for vigilante justice. Jimmy asks Ray to uncuff him and give him back his gun, but Ray refuses. Jimmy offers himself to Tezo's cousin to be beaten to death, while the mob holds Ray back. Ray staggers away from the mob and his dead brother-in-law, to the defused hostage scene at the liquor store. Francis Jr. and Ray get in a cruiser and drive off.

The film ends with Ray, Francis Jr. and Francis Sr. about to give testimony.

Main cast (in credits order)[edit]


Gavin O'Connor and his twin brother Greg began writing the film with New York City police officer Robert A. Hopes in 1999, after the completion of Tumbleweeds. The brothers, whose father was a police officer, were given "rare" access to the police department and its officers.[3] Gavin O'Connor described their intent: "My father was a New York City detective, and I grew up in that world. It's a birthday bash of honest cops, which was everything my father was about. Though it is fictional, it is an homage to my father."[4] They also hoped to create a film which evoked those of the 1970s, using corruption in the police force, as a metaphor for wider institutional corruption.[5] The script was optioned in June 2000 by Fine Line Features, a subdivision of New Line Cinema, and Joe Carnahan was hired to rewrite the script. Production on the film was expected to begin later in 2000, with Gavin O'Connor directing and Greg O'Connor producing.[3]

In 2001, the project was subject to a turnaround deal, which saw the rights ceded to Intermedia. Production was expected to start in February 2002 in New York City, and Mark Wahlberg and Hugh Jackman were in talks to star.[6] The film's development was subject to further delays until 2005. Carnahan cited the September 11, 2001 attacks as the primary reason for the delay: "There was a moment after 9/11, where the notion of doing what might be deemed an anti-cop film, particularly an attack of the NYPD, would be grounds for hanging."[7]

In September 2005, the rights were once more with New Line Cinema. Production president Toby Emmerich had been a fan of the script for several years, and the studio entered negotiations with Norton, Farrell and Emmerich to star.[4] Production was set to begin in New York City in January 2006,[4] though principal photography did not begin until the following month.[8]

Cinematographer Declan Quinn said that the biggest challenge was "[trying] to find a fresh way to do a police drama where it feels real and not like something we've seen a hundred times before."[9]


Pride and Glory was originally scheduled for release on March 14, 2008, and trailers for the film appeared, with showings of No Country for Old Men, Atonement, and American Gangster.[5] In January 2008, New Line announced that it was pushing back the release until 2009, citing both Norton and Farrell's 2008 releases of The Incredible Hulk, and In Bruges respectively.[10] The studio has not commented further on the delay, which angered O'Connor. He blamed internal New Line politics for the delay, specifically chairman Bob Shaye, saying, "I don't think [Shaye] believes in it, and he's decided he'll only release [sure bet] films. He never had the decency to call me." O'Connor has said he will withhold delivery of his next script for New Line, Warrior, until he discovered the film's fate, and also looked at the possibility of taking the film to another studio. In February 2008, O'Connor held a screening at the headquarters of talent agency CAA, in order to publicize that the film may need a new distributor.[5]

O'Connor said of the situation, "We've delivered something special and unique, a film that's not for everybody but has something to say. We're all heartbroken." Norton blamed a wider industry "paralysis" for the problems, rather than New Line Cinema: "We're a victim of the moment, and I just hope they will either find a way to give the film its due or graciously let us do it with someone else." Farrell said he believed in the film and called the situation "bizarre".[5]


Critical reaction[edit]

The film was eventually released on October 24, 2008 in United States. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 35% percent of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 140 reviews, with the critical consensus being that the film is "Formulaic in its plotting and clichéd in its dialogue, Pride and Glory did little to distinguish itself from other police procedurals."[11] The film was also accused of racism for its portrayal of Dominican Americans.[12][13][14]

Box office[edit]

As of January 28, 2009, the film has grossed $43,440,721 worldwide.[15] In North America, the film opened at #5 with $6,262,396 behind High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Saw V, Max Payne, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua,[16] respectively, from 2,585 theaters with a $2,423 average.


The film's original score was composed by Mark Isham.


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  16. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results from 10/24 to 10/26". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved November 2, 2008. 

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