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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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Dobbins
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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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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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The pastor in the news montage is an actual pastor of the church where the filming took place for his brief interview. The crew was filming, he was watching and was talking with one of the assistant directors, who then invited him to appear in the movie. He had no prior acting experience. See more »

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[last lines]
Max Brackett: We killed him.
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References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

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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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