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Mad City (1997)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  7 November 1997 (USA)
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A disgruntled security guard holds a school trip group hostage, while a news reporter forms a bond with him.

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Lou Potts
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Mrs. Banks
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Dohlen
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Miss Rose
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CTN Junior Executive
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Nat Jackson
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Storyline

Sam Baily, upset over losing his job, takes a natural history museum hostage. Max Brackett, journalist, is in the museum when this occurs, and gets the scoop. The story spreads nation wide, and soon it is all anyone talks about. The story itself is the news, not the reason why or the real people behind it. Written by <freckles@vivid.net>

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This November, the biggest hostage negotiation is about to begin See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for depiction of a hostage situation, including violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cuarto poder  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£209,272 (UK) (10 July 1998)

Gross:

£533,374 (UK) (24 July 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The woman who plays the cop with the shotgun in the trailer is Teresa O'Kane, actress and author of the book Safari Jema, A Journey of Love and Adventure from Casablanca to Cape Town. See more »

Quotes

Max Brackett: Mrs. Banks, go make sure the buffalo are grazing properly.
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Connections

References Ace in the Hole (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Chuck D. (as Chuck D) and Gary G-Wiz (as Gary G. Wiz)
Produced by Gary G-Wiz
Performed by Chuck D.
Courtesy of Mercury Records and Def Jam Records
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Excellent depiction as to the power of the national news media
18 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie and I must say that I am awestruck. Everyone around the globe should be exposed to the truth of what the national news media has at their fingertips, the power to move the public opinion to one side or the other. This film exemplifies to the last period exactly what I fear so many are ignorant to, and that is the fact that what we see and hear on our televisions everyday lies in the palm of executives and celebrities (news anchors) who run the networks. I was amazed at the amount of detail that was put into this film to show exactly that. Nothing is left unsaid. Bravo to a production all too unknown.


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