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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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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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One man will make a mistake. The other will make it a spectacle. See more »

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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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7 November 1997 (USA)  »

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El cuarto poder  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,649,742 (USA) (7 November 1997)

Gross:

£533,374 (UK) (24 July 1998)
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The four engine business jet shown is a Lockheed Jetstar. One of the very few four engined business/personal jet planes produced. They are not as popular as twin engine business or personal jets because they cost more to purchase, maintain, and operate simply because of the four engine configuration. The pods hanging on the wings are external fuel tanks. They were produced from 1957 to 1978 and most were retired from service in the 1990s. Approximately 204 were produced and were the first dedicated business jet produced. Popularity dwindled due to high operating (fuel and maintenance) costs See more »

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Max Brackett: You've got to ask for a fast car, a Learjet or a Greyhound bus.
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Is Anybody Listening?
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The most underrated film of 1997
28 October 1998 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

I'll be the first one to admit that this is not a movie for

everyone- it's not your average mainstream Hollywood movie. However, it IS a brilliant, scathing satire of the media's true power in modern-day society. Instead of going for overkill like the pathetic "Natural Born Killers," this movie uses dark comedy, brilliant performances, and genuine thrills to create one of the most clever and powerful social commentaries to be seen in film in years. If you're expecting a typical Hollywood thriller with a formula plot and a nice, neat ending then you'll be disappointed, but if you're looking for a smart, powerful film with brilliant performances by Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta, then I would recommend this movie. In a time when events like the O.J. Simpson trial make the media's influence in our society more than apparent, it's refreshing to see a movie willing to stare this issue right in the face.


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