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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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Corruption... Greed... Murder... 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


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$20,300,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Al Pacino spent time with then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins to help prepare for his role. See more »


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


Mayor John Pappas: I had the fire in the belly just like you, Kevin, and the odd thing is I still have it. Never left me! I had the dream... and I had the weight. Like one of those guys before me said, "If a sparrow falls in Central Park, I feel responsible."
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References PBS NewsHour (1975) See more »


What's Then
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The Mayor & His Deputy
30 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Harold Becker directed this political drama that stars Al Pacino as New York City Mayor John Pappas, who must deal with the aftermath of an accidental shooting involving a young boy that threatens his party's re-election chances. John Cusack is deputy mayor Kevin Calhoun, who launches his own investigation into the matter, and is shocked to find scandal and corruption that threatens to ruin his reverence and respect for his boss, who is an eloquent speaker, but since when does that equal virtue and honesty? Danny Aiello, Bridget Fonda, & Martin Landau round out a fine cast, which is really the best thing about this marginal film that never quite reaches the heights of profound revelatory drama it aspires to, coming up short in the end.

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