The Night of
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Eight-part crime drama starring John Turturro and Riz Ahmed. New York student Naz (Ahmed) embarks on a wild night out with a mysterious woman after picking her up in his dad's cab. The next morning he finds her stabbed to death in his bed. With no recollection of the previous night's events, Naz flees the scene but is quickly brought in by the city's police and identified as the main suspect for the victim's murder. After he is denied a legal representative, defence lawyer John Stone (Turturro) steps in to help Naz prove his innocence. As he awaits prosecution on Rikers Island, Naz adapts to the politics of life on the inside while his legal team try to piece together what happened on the night of the crime. The episodes are: 'The Beach', 'Subtle Beast', 'A Dark Crate', 'The Art of War', 'The Season of the Witch', 'Samson and Delilah', 'Ordinary Death' and 'The Call of the Wild'.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 83.16 Grams
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
- Studio : Whv
- ASIN : B01KJXCH5S
- Number of discs : 3
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A couple of minor players stand out ---- Michael K Williams, of gangster 'Chalky' fame in 'Boardwalk Empire', plays Freddy, a powerful and influential prisoner who takes our main protagonist, Naz, under his wing and begins to corrupt him within the confines of the American penal system.
An even smaller player, Paul W Sparks, who had sizable parts in 'House Of Cards' and also as 'Micky Doyle' in 'Boardwalk Empire', puts in a very good almost cameo performance as a possible suspect and step-father of the victim.
Top of the acting tree are John Turturro playing the lawyer charged with looking after the interests of Riz Ahmed (Naz) ; both actors evolve their characters throughout the eight episodes. Turturro is odd, quirky and cynical at the outset but develops a sense of duty as a lawyer in the often corrupt judicial system. His reasons are that he believes the prime suspect is not guilty of the crime. Simples.
We, the viewer, are never shown the truth ----- we have to make our own minds up. Riz Ahmed's performance as the prime suspect is compelling, graduating from a supposed innocent to a less than perfect man adjusting to the violence of prison life, and death.
It's very dark and quite depressing but somehow the writers together with the actors keep this drama extremely watchable. Beautifully filmed, the dark underbelly of New York looks like a dead animal with it's legs pointing up, open for anyone to see and ponder and ridicule.
Thankfully a couple of female actresses bring a good ambiance to the show, one quirky, one extremely sexy and both play opposing lawyers ---- I liked their involvement, balancing the male dominated court and prison scenes. Nice one, Jeannie Berlin and Amara Karan.
There are a few light moments, especially involving Turturro and a cat which was beautifully played out and constituted the very last frame of the production. But the relationships between the humans is always fraught,often violent as this is about a single case of murder.
The idea for the series is from a BBC production, 'Criminal Justice', as of course was 'House Of Cards'. The Americans can make exceptional productions borrowing an idea from foreign sources.
8 episodes, mainly 1 hour long but some were longer though all seemed to pass quickly to be honest.
English subtitles, standard and for the hearing impaired.
The real highlight is John Turturro’s character dealing with his eczema and people’s reaction to it. Anyone who has had that itch will know how excruciating it is and how overpowering the need to scratch is. Instead of Chinese laundry floor sweepings, Chloros bleach, and Crisco baking fat, he should have used potassium iodide and sulphur. Worked for me, anyway.
Last disc has a huge finger mark on it.
Would just rub off but it's white and crusty and stuck to it?!
I'm not even sure this disk is even going to play.