The law of honor

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German title The law of honor
Original title Pride and Glory
Country of production USA , Germany
original language English
Publishing year 2008
length 125 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
JMK 16
Director Gavin O'Connor
script Joe Carnahan ,
Gavin O'Connor
production Greg O'Connor
music Mark Isham
camera Declan Quinn
cut Lisa Zeno Churgin ,
John Gilroy

The Law of Honor (Original Title: Pride and Glory ) is a crime drama from 2008. Directed by Gavin O'Connor , who also wrote the script with Joe Carnahan . The main roles were played by Edward Norton and Colin Farrell .

The film celebrated its world premiere on September 9, 2008 at the Toronto International Film Festival . The cinema release in the USA was on October 24, 2008, in Germany the film was released on January 22, 2009.


Francis Tierney Sr. was a past police chief of New York City. His two sons Ray and Francis Tierney Jr., and his son-in-law Jimmy Egan also serve in the police force. During a football game between a police and fire brigade team, in which the Tierney family also takes part, word reaches them that four police officers have been shot dead in a drug raid.

Ray is entrusted with the investigation into this case by his father. However, he is reluctant to accept the task, because the killed colleagues were subordinate to his brother Francis, who runs the police station in the 31st district. In the course of the investigation, Ray finds out that a certain dealer named Angel Tezo is involved and goes in search of him. His brother-in-law Jimmy is also looking for him, because he is involved in corrupt deals with Tezo and wants to silence him. Ray has no idea of ​​this connection at the time.

During the course of the investigation, Ray learns from a witness that Tezo was warned by a police officer named Sandy shortly before the raid. Ray asks his brother Francis if he knows this name and tells him the status of the investigation. Francis then lies to him: he has never heard that name and does not know anyone with that name. At the station, Francis confronts his colleague Sandy with Ray's investigation. He blames Sandy for the murder of the four policemen because he had warned Tezo about the raid. Although Francis knew about his brother-in-law's corrupt dealings and gave him a free hand in order to achieve success in arrests, he could never have guessed that Jimmy and other colleagues were so deeply involved and the precinct would have to reckon with such consequences. He tells Sandy to quit duty and leave the police.

Meanwhile, Ray searches for various leads to find Tezo. Jimmy is also looking for Tezo after a member of his gang threatened Jimmy's family. Meanwhile, Ray has determined the whereabouts of Tezo and calls for reinforcements to storm the hiding place. However, he hears gunfire and enters the house without the requested reinforcement. However, Jimmy is already there with some other corrupt police officers. Ray sees them torturing Tezo, steps in and realizes the extent to which Jimmy is involved in this case. When Ray wants to lead the seriously injured Tezo away, Jimmy pulls Ray's service weapon and shoots Tezo with it.

Ray is now actively involved in this case as the civil service is investigating him for the use of firearms. Ray claims he did not shoot, but does not incriminate anyone and refuses to testify. Jimmy tells the police officer that Ray tortured the suspect and that Tezo was shot after Ray attempted resuscitation. The case increasingly divides the family and Ray has to choose between fighting corruption and his own relatives.

Ray meets with his father and describes the situation to him. He wants to help his sons and son-in-law with the help of his relationships. But both Ray and Francis want to get this case done the right way by catching Jimmy and reporting the corruption to the police station.

On the way to Jimmy, they receive a police radio message about a hostage situation in a supermarket. It turns out that two of the corrupt police officers tried to collect money, but the shopkeeper shot one of them and a customer called the police. Arriving at the scene, an angry mob is already throwing at the police and the shop after they have learned that the hostage-taker is a corrupt police officer. Francis takes over the negotiation with the hostage taker and can finally persuade him to give up.

In the meantime, Ray visits Jimmy in a bar and tells him to put down his gun. Both then begin a brawl, from which Ray emerges as the winner. Ray takes Jimmy in handcuffs to hand over to the police. On the way back to Francis, both get caught in the still angry mob, which is led by one of Jimmy's contacts whom he beat up while looking for Tezo. Ray tries to defend Jimmy and himself against the odds, but the crowd overwhelms him. If Ray stayed out of it and handed Jimmy over to the mob, he wouldn't be harmed either. Jimmy then faces the mob with a baseball bat in hand. When Jimmy finds himself in the middle of the mob, he tells Ray to tell his wife that he loves her, drops the baseball bat, and lets the mob beat him to death without resistance.

In the closing scenes you see Ray, Francis and their father going to court and answering what happened.


  • Production was supposed to start in February 2002, but was then postponed to 2005. Screenwriter Joe Carnahan blames the change in attitude in the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City as the main reason . In an interview he said: There was a time after 9/11 when the idea was to make a film that could be considered an anti-cop film - specifically a film that was supposed to be an attack on the New Police York City could be viewed - quite a reason to hang someone out.
  • In September 2005, the film rights were transferred to New Line Cinema and production started in January 2006. Actual shooting began on February 27, 2006 with a schedule of 61 days, but ended after 70 days on June 5, 2006. The film then disappeared in the New Line archives . Only when New Line lost its independence in 2008 and was integrated into the structure of Warner Bros. did the film make it to the public.
  • Nick Nolte was supposed to play the role of Francis Tierney senior , but dropped out 3 days after shooting began due to a knee operation and was replaced by Jon Voight .
  • The film was shot entirely in New York City . Production cost was estimated to be $ 30 million. The film grossed around $ 31 million in cinemas around the world, including around $ 16 million in the United States.
  • Director and screenwriter Gavin O'Connor and his twin brother Greg O'Connor, the producer of the film, are themselves the sons of a New York police officer. Gavin O'Connor's film aims to "explore this very own world in which the cops live". The focus is on the conflict of loyalty between the police officers' code of honor and the family ties.
  • The film ends with the fade-in "In memory of Eric Hernandez". Hernandez was a 24-year-old New York police officer who was supposed to star in the film as an extra on the American football scene. At around 5:00 am on January 28, 2006, Hernandez was off duty outside a fast food restaurant in the Bronx and had an argument with a group. Feeling threatened, he drew his service weapon when another patrol officer came along. This shot at the colleague in civilian clothes with a gun, who died on February 8, 2006 from his gunshot wounds.


Michael Rechtshaffen wrote in The Hollywood Reporter on September 10, 2008, the "simple drama" is reminiscent of the classics by Sidney Lumet such as Serpico and Prince of the City with their "jagged realism" . The "first-class" cast of Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight do a good job in that the actors play "sparingly" .

The organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival wrote that the film was "a thriller with a heart and a soul" . They praised the "fantastic" cast with the "great" Edward Norton, the "perfectly chosen" Colin Farrell, Jon Voight and Noah Emmerich.

Bernhard Lichtenberger wrote in the OÖN of January 24, 2009 that Gavin O'Connor would bake the subject of corrupt police officers, which is as fresh as the bread roll from the day before, without it becoming crispy. Well-known things are implemented properly, but ended morally sour.

The lexicon of international films writes: “Although it has a top-class cast, the film, which focuses primarily on emotionally charged dialogue scenes, fails because of all too stereotypically used genre clichés, which, cleverly varied, would have provided the basis for a solid thriller, but in this gloomy drama in unbelief and ridiculousness sand up. "

The German Film and Media Evaluation FBW in Wiesbaden awarded the film the title valuable.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Release for The Law of Honor . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , November 2008 (PDF; test number: 116 015 K).
  2. Age rating for The Law of Honor . Youth Media Commission .
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  6. see documentation for the film on DVD
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  8. see documentation for the film on DVD
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  13. ^ Film review by Michael Rechtshaffen ( Memento from December 25, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on October 20, 2008
  14. TIFF'08 - Pride and Glory ( Memento from September 5, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  15. ^ Film review by Bernhard Lichtenberger , OÖN Korrupte Bullen , accessed on January 24, 2009
  16. ^ The Law of Honor in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used , accessed October 30, 2009