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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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Sydney Pappas
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Det. Eddie Santos
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Det. Albert Holly
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Elaine Santos
Chloe Morris ...
Maria 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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It started with a shootout on a rainswept street and ended in a scandal that shattered New York. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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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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Trivia

The scenes at the snowy train station were actually filmed in 80-degree weather. See more »

Goofs

Although the action of the film covers only a few days, Kevin Calhoun's weight appears to fluctuate considerably from scene to scene. See more »

Quotes

[Kevin suggests distancing themselves from a man in trouble]
Mayor John Pappas: "Distance"! Distance is something you do to your enemies. It's a thing of the nineties, to make friends extinct. Distance... is the absence of menschkeit!
Kevin Calhoun: Translate that for me.
Mayor John Pappas: You don't know what menschkeit means?
Kevin Calhoun: No, I don't.
Mayor John Pappas: Menschkeit, you know... something between men... it's about honor, and character... untranslatable. That's why it's Yiddish.
Kevin Calhoun: I didn't know you'd taken up the language.
Mayor John Pappas: Abe laid it on me.
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References South Pacific (1958) See more »

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A Real Nice Clambake
from the musical play "Carousel"
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Can't decide if it's thriller or drama
20 March 1999 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I had been long awaiting this movie ever since I saw the trailer, which made it look like a political drama, starring three of my favorite actors; Al Pacino, John Cusack, and Bridget Fonda. And even though it was directed by Harold Becker, who has done uneven work, he and Pacino did combine on SEA OF LOVE, which ranks among each of their best work. But interference on some level(for starters, several of the scenes in the original trailer don't appear in the movie) and changing of tone(subsequent trailers make it look like a thriller) make this, while watchable, nowhere near as it could have been.

Which is too bad, because I really wanted to like this movie. There was great potential here to be a film about how government can still be worthwhile despite all the corruption, and to make a complex statement about that corruption, not the usual good guys vs. bad guys. And there is good acting here. Pacino and Cusack are both very good, and Danny Aiello gives one of the best performances of his career. But Fonda is wasted in her role, having nothing to do, and while there is merit in the central storyline, when it turns to a thriller, the movie loses its way, briefly recovers in the final scene between Cusack and Pacino, and then falls down completely in the end. I wish I could like this more, but no.


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