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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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Cast

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Judge Walter Stern
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Paul Zapatti (as Tony Franciosa)
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Sydney Pappas
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Det. Albert Holly
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Elaine Santos
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Randy Santos
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Nettie Anselmo
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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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A Mayor... A Deputy Mayor... A City About to Explode. See more »

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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

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,300,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Kevin goes to use the pay phone in the diner after Marybeth leaves, he dials successfully without putting any change in the phone first. See more »

Quotes

Mayor John Pappas: I was warned not to come here. I was warned. They warned me, "Don't stand behind that coffin." But why should I heed such a warning, when a heartbeat is silent and a child lies dead? "Don't stand behind" this coffin. That boy was as pure and as innocent as the driven snow. But I must stand here, because I have not given you what you should have. Until we can walk abroad and recreate ourselves; until we can stroll along the streets like boulevards; congregate in parks free from fear, our ...
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Soundtracks

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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Good.
3 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I liked this neglected movie quite a bit, for a number of reasons.

The characters. I found them believable, real, with some depth, in conflict. Not cardboard, cartoon-like. I found that I could really identify with and care about them.

The story. I thought it was really interesting and realistic. The behind-the-scenes look at political machinations was exciting. I tend to like movies without special effects, that are not unrealistic fantasies. ("Ordinary People" generally comes to my mind.) I thought that this movie simply took real-life type people, put them in interesting situations, filled with conflict, and had us watch them deal with the problems they were in.

I also think the movie had a message for us, in terms of right and wrong. In fact, it's downright Shakespearian. (Contrast this with another Al Pacino movie, "Heat", where the criminals are portrayed just as sympathetically as the law enforcement officers, and there is no inkling at all that there is anything morally wrong with armed robbery. I'm uncomfortable with that.)

It's refreshing to see a movie in this day and age without gratuitous sex, violence, bombs and bullets, profanity.

On a cinematic level, I found the directing, acting (the entire cast) and production to be first rate.

I realize that many, many people (possibly the large majority) don't see things as I've described here. But if what I've written resonates, then you'll probably like this movie a lot.


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