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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Murder...Corruption...Cover-up...Scandal... 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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Schrader was planning on directing the film, but decided to drop out so the job was immediately given to Harold Becker. 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: You got the stuff, pappy. I love that.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Danny Aiello/Coolio (1996) See more »


You'll Never Walk Alone
from the musical play "Carousel"
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Adrien Raynier
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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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