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(1996)

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In the theater lobby, when Mayor Pappas asks Frank Anselmo what he thought of the musical play, Anselmo replies "Good act. No voice. My Nettie could sing better." Nettie Anselmo, Frank Anselmo's wife, was played by Roberta Peters, a famous opera singer.
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Al Pacino spent time with then-New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and former Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins to help prepare for his role.
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The interior scenes of New York's City Hall actually were filmed inside a mansion in Teaneck, New Jersey.
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The scenes at the snowy train station were actually filmed in 80-degree weather.
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Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt passed on the role of Kevin Calhoun.
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Anthony Franciosa's last film.
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Paul Schrader was planning on directing the film, but decided to drop out so the job was immediately given to Harold Becker.
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The music in the theatrical trailer of 'City Hall' is from the film 'Hoffa' and composed by David Newman. The same music was used to advertise in the theatrical trailer of 'L.A. Confidential'. 'City Hall', 'Hoffa' and 'L.A. Confidential' all had corruption as a major theme.
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Screenwriter Ken Lipper served as Deputy Mayor of Finance & Economic Development under NYC Mayor Ed Koch.
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Jerome X. O'Donovan who plays Seymour Harris was a NYC councilman representing the 49th city council district on Staten Island from 1992-2001.
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Ed Koch who is cast as a newscaster was Mayor of NYC from 1978-1989.
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Al Pacino and Martin Landau; and three Oscar nominees: David Paymer, Danny Aiello and Anthony Franciosa.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The character of Frank Anselmo was based in part on Brooklyn-born Queens Borough President Donald Manes, who was caught up in real estate development scandals and attempted suicide in his car in 1986 by slashing his wrists. Although he survived, he succeeded in killing himself two months later by plunging an eight inch kitchen knife into his heart.
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Body count: 6.
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