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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Production Co:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The interior scenes of New York's City Hall actually were filmed inside a mansion in Teaneck, New Jersey. See more »


As Frank Anselmo is entering his house you can see a crewmember walking in front of his window in the bottom left hand corner. See more »


Mayor John Pappas: You are only the boss, Frank. I'm the fucking mayor. Mayors rule.
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References South Pacific (1958) See more »


A Wonderful Guy
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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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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