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City Hall (1996)

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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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Judge Walter Stern
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Paul Zapatti (as Tony Franciosa)
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Storyline

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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Corruption... Greed... Murder... See more »

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

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Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Screenwriter Ken Lipper served as Deputy Mayor of Finance & Economic Development under NYC Mayor Ed Koch. See more »

Goofs

When Kevin and Marybeth are returning from Buffalo, they get off of a NJ Transit train. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Calhoun: The only thing new about this world is the history we don't know.
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Referenced in Die Affäre Semmeling (2002) See more »

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A Wonderful Guy
from the musical play "South Pacific"
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Complex but Worth Repeated Viewings
20 February 2009 | by (Seattle, WA. United States) – See all my reviews

I read the negative comments before viewing this film and undeterred, went ahead and started watching. I admit that I had to rewind quite a few times as the film is incredibly complex, involved and full of detail. That is a good thing but also, quite unexpected in this culture of car chases, explosions, gratuitous sex and general violence that substitute for plot and character development. In fact, what a welcome departure, however, I am so used to not paying a lot of attention to what I watch.

This film is chock full of character development and plot line; the kind that we used to analyze when I was in high school. It requires actual mental participation on the part of the viewer. What a nice change. I would compare it to 'All The President's Men' in terms of generic subject matter. That is, it is a mystery about intense misconduct on the part of elected officials and those with enough influence upon officials to essentially 'own' them.

Unlike 'All The President's Men', this film makes an effort to give a couple of the characters actual personality. In this sense the movie is a character study like 'The Negotiatior' with Samuel Jackson and Kevin Spacey. In that movie, their characters are both city employees and the plot is extremely intense. Yet, the plot is dependent on the ability of their characters to cooperate with each other, trust each, and ultimately unite together against the corrupt Police Department. There is more gun fire in this film and the specific plot is different but generically, there are many similarities.

I WILL say that City Hall requires a whole lot more concentration. In fact, I was struck how parallel it was to past and present political scandals I've seen in my life going back to Watergate. The thing is, the public knows that something is wrong, for sure! but following the details is hard to do. This movie is not even close to being as complex as real life but it actually is realistic to life in its complexity. I think that is one of the reasons that previous posters have criticized the film: unrealistic expectations.

If one watches this knowing what they are about to see and are up to the experience, it really is excellent! I watched it 3 times in a row! The acting is superb and the directing is flawless. The weakest link is John Cusak's accent.


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