Pride and Glory (film)

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Pride and Glory
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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
Editing by Lisa Zeno Churgin
John Gilroy
Studio 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.

Deputy 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. Jimmy arrives shortly after the brothers and is very distraught to see his friends and fellow officers dead. 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 against what he believed to be the right thing—is reluctant at first, but is unable to deny his father's forceful request and eventually agrees. The next day, Ray is observing the crime scene with fellow officers, and learns that there is an eyewitness, a young Hispanic boy. The boy saw a suspect fitting the description of Tezo escape the scene by hijacking a nearby cab; the suspect was apparently bleeding from a stomach and leg wound. 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) are then shown meeting in a field with what appears to be the abandoned getaway cab containing the dead cab driver. It is revealed here that the four officers investigating the cab are part of a corrupt gang of NYPD police led by Jimmy. Under Jimmy's direction, they set the cab on fire with the dead driver still in it, and set about finding Tezo before Ray and the task-force do.

Ray finds out from Tezo's girlfriend that he was tipped off about the police raid by a friend in the NYPD named "Sandy". Later, Ray tells his older brother, Franny, about this surprising information and asks whether there is someone in his division either named or nicknamed Sandy. Franny says there's no one in his division by that name.

Shortly after, Franny confronts officer Reuben "Sandy" Santiago in the locker room with the disturbing discovery, and officer Santiago at first denies the accusation, but finally admits to what he did and expresses complete surprise when Franny, their commanding officer, claims he never knew what was going on the whole time with the officers in his unit. Santiago also tells Franny that the incident took place because the officers wanted to kill Tezo so they could work with another dealer, Casado, but that the hit went bad. Franny is flabbergasted by what had been taking place on his watch. Franny summarily fires officer Santiago, who is devastated.

Jimmy is home with his wife and kids, and is confronted by the dealer Casado, who had paid Jimmy and his squad to kill Tezo, so that they could start working with him. After a heated encounter, Casado walks away threatening harm to Jimmy's family if the problem is not resolved soon. Fearing both Casado and the task-force, Jimmy and the other corrupt officers rush to find Tezo after learning his whereabouts through torture of Tezo's cousin and his family at their home. While this is happening, Ray also finds out where Tezo is from an informant. Ray arrives and surprises Jimmy and his gang as they are torturing Tezo to death. When it is clear that Ray is not going to go along with the gang, Jimmy kills Tezo with Ray's sidearm to implicate Ray in their scheme, and tells Ray the story they are all going to report, telling Ray that 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. He calls Franny to tell him that their brother-in-law Jimmy just tortured Tezo to death and then framed him for it. Sandy, having been fired, calls a reporter to do an expose on the corrupt officers. The reporter meets him in a parking lot. Sandy tells everything to the reporter before shooting himself in the head. The next day, the newspaper proclaims "Corrupt Cop Cashes-Out". Both the good and bad officers work to pin this corruption on the four dead policemen from the initial crime scene, along with Sandy.

Francis Jr. confronts Jimmy in the bar they all go to. Jimmy is surprised that Francis Jr. is mad, and insists that he already knew what was happening. Francis Jr. admits he allowed Jimmy and the officers some leeway, but is furious at how far they took the corruption. He also tells Jimmy there's no way he'll let him frame Ray for murdering Tezo. Francis is appalled that, after becoming their brother-in-law, Jimmy got them into this situation. Jimmy offers Francis "his cut", but Francis refuses and leaves.

Ray, in a room with internal affairs investigators, tells them the statement isn't going to go how they want it to. He tells them that he was not the one who shot Tezo. He repeatedly refuses to tell them which officer did pull the trigger, Jimmy and his older brother's precinct. Francis Sr., a long-time police veteran, is shown privileged testimony regarding Tezo's murder. He sees Jimmy's interview tape, in which Jimmy reluctantly tells the investigators that he witnessed Ray shoot Tezo. Francis Sr. and Ray speak, with Francis Sr telling Ray to go along with it, hoping to protect the family. Ray refuses his father's command. Francis Jr. enters and says that he will come clean, against his father's wishes.

Two members of Jimmy's corrupt crew go to a liquor store, intending to quickly rob it, as they are out of cash and drugs, due to all of the heat on their division. It goes badly, with one of the two being killed, and the other holding the store owner hostage as both police and local gangsters look on.

Francis Jr. and Ray speak on the phone, where they decide to split up to each situation. Francis Jr. goes to the liquor store to talk his officer out of holding the owner hostage, while Ray confronts Jimmy at the bar. When he arrives, Ray orders everyone out. After confronting Jimmy, they get into a fight, and Ray emerges victorious. With Francis Jr. successfully getting the officer to release his hostage and get in the cruiser, the two brothers have defused both situations.

Tezo's cousin is among the people in the streets, with everyone else furious that Tezo was brutally tortured before dying, all the while the policemen are free. When Ray is walking a hand-cuffed Jimmy to his cruiser, the crowd surrounds them looking for vigilante justice. Jimmy asks Ray to uncuff him and give him his gun back, but Ray refuses. Jimmy, finally giving into his circumstances, 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, which will presumably be the truth now that Jimmy is dead and Francis Jr.'s precinct's corruption is obvious.

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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  14. ^ "Why Pride & Glory is an outright Minstrel Show". Latino Review. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
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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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