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City Hall (1996)

R | | Drama | 16 February 1996 (USA)
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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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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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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16 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

City Hall: La sombra de la corrupción  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$20,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Final film appearance of Roberta Peters. See more »

Goofs

When Kevin signs to the Mayor to cut his speech short and he cuts it to present Tokyo's governor with an award, the governor stands up to greet the mayor before being completely announced. That means that the Japanese actor rushed his entrance. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Calhoun: The only thing new about this world is the history we don't know.
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References South Pacific (1958) See more »

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People Will Say We're In Love
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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