Very engaging with great performances all around. John Turturro has been one of my favourites from as long ago as "Miller's Crossing." Well worth a try for anyone looking to while away five plus hours as winter continues outside!
THE NIGHT OF is an HBO mini-series set in New York City. It's about a college student (who is of Pakistani descent) who has been accused in the murder of a young woman. A trolling-for-clients lawyer, goes with his gut and represents him. I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen to the young man; curious about the lawyer's skin condition; and was trying to figure out what would happen to the cat. The show stars Riz Ahmed and John Turturro.
Such a good HBO miniseries! I was hooked from beginning to end!!
The criminal justice system takes time and so does The Night Of, but I'm glad I stuck with this longer-than-most miniseries. It reminded me of The Wire, and Michael Kenneth Williams, who played Omar in that series, has a substantial role in The Night Of as well. The character John Stone is a great role for John Turturro, and his performance is perfect. The Night Of is from HBO, and is for mature audiences only due to violence, disturbing images, drugs, sex and profanity. The first and last episodes are each 90 minutes long, and the six episodes in between are each about 60 minutes long.
Absolutely outstanding. Great acting and enthralling story.
This excellent min-series is a remake of an excellent British mini-series "Criminal Justice." It tells multiple sides of the story (the police, police detectives, the defendant, his family, the defense lawyer, the prosecutor, possible suspects) interweaving all these facets and interweaving flashbacks, etc. for its 8.5 hour duration. Riz Ahmed playing defendant Naz, won an Emmy for his portrayal of the innocent looking college student who became a hardened prisoner while waiting for his trial. James Gandolfini was an executive producer (his last credit before he so sadly succumbed to a heart attack) and with his experience on the Sopranos, he knows what constitutes a great crime series. John Tuturro is a bonus.
This is a terrific American rewrite of 'Criminal Justice', a BBC mini-series broadcast in 2008. Given the dreck that infests television in the US, I didn't expect much from it. Boy was I wrong! This version is far superior to the British one, hard as that might be to believe. The dialogue is perfect, especially when delivered in John Turturro's native Brooklyn accent. The supporting actors are outstanding, and some scenes (e.g. Jeannie Berlin's cross-examination of the defendant) are just plain wonderful. As in the original BBC version, the justice system itself is the main protagonist and the writers here have nailed it, from the police precinct to Rikers Island to the courts. Not to be missed.
A sharp and engrossing (if at times infuriating) effort, and Riz Ahmed's performance is one of my favorites of the year.
Great series and waiting for more! I know the series ended as it should have but the story was so compelling, I was wanting to see more. Love the actors, writers and everyone involved. Turturro's character's issues were unnecessary and overblown for the plot but still enjoyable. About as close to a true story as you can get, in my opinion.
“Do I look like a reporter?”
“Print, maybe. On camera, no.”
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