City Hall (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  16 February 1996 (USA)
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The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judge Walter Stern
Paul Zapatti (as Tony Franciosa)
Sydney Pappas
Det. Eddie Santos
Mel Winkler ...
Det. Albert Holly
Elaine Santos (as Lauren Vélez)
Chloe Morris ...
Maria Santos
Randy Santos
Nettie Anselmo


A young boy dies from a stray bullet during a shootout between a cop and mob family member who had previously been supiciously given probabtion, only to break its terms. New York's Deputy Mayor, Kevin Calhoun starts digging for information. Written by Rob Hartill

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A Mayor... A Deputy Mayor... A City About to Explode. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sombra da Corrupção  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$20,300,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the theater lobby, when Mayor Pappas asks Frank Anselmo what he thought of the musical play, Anselmo replies "Good act. No voice. My Nettie could sing better." Nettie Anselmo, Frank Anselmo's wife, was played by Roberta Peters, a famous opera singer. See more »


When Kevin Calhoun and Marybeth Cogan are out on the boat, shots from the inside seem to indicate that the water is choppy, but exterior shots show calm water. See more »


Mayor John Pappas: Lyndon Johnson said, "Everybody will give you ideas on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. And they all come down to this: deny your responsibility." John F. Kennedy said, "An error doesn't have to become a mistake, until you refuse to correct it."
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Referenced in Spin City: A Tree Falls in Manhattan (2001) See more »


People Will Say We're In Love
from the musical play "Oklahoma!"
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Can't decide if it's thriller or drama
20 March 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I had been long awaiting this movie ever since I saw the trailer, which made it look like a political drama, starring three of my favorite actors; Al Pacino, John Cusack, and Bridget Fonda. And even though it was directed by Harold Becker, who has done uneven work, he and Pacino did combine on SEA OF LOVE, which ranks among each of their best work. But interference on some level(for starters, several of the scenes in the original trailer don't appear in the movie) and changing of tone(subsequent trailers make it look like a thriller) make this, while watchable, nowhere near as it could have been.

Which is too bad, because I really wanted to like this movie. There was great potential here to be a film about how government can still be worthwhile despite all the corruption, and to make a complex statement about that corruption, not the usual good guys vs. bad guys. And there is good acting here. Pacino and Cusack are both very good, and Danny Aiello gives one of the best performances of his career. But Fonda is wasted in her role, having nothing to do, and while there is merit in the central storyline, when it turns to a thriller, the movie loses its way, briefly recovers in the final scene between Cusack and Pacino, and then falls down completely in the end. I wish I could like this more, but no.

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