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Mad City (1997)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 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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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:

$10,556,196 (USA) (9 January 1998)
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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

[Sam finally decide's to let the hostages go]
Kevin Hollander: [on megaphone] Sam Baily! You have 5 minutes to let the hostages go!
Sam Baily: Damn. I wanted it to be my idea.
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Soundtracks

Musetta's Waltz
from "La Bohème"
Music by Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini)
Text by Giacosa after Murger
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Another Costa-Gavras Movie
2 July 1999 | by (Fairfield - California - USA) – See all my reviews

Costa-Gavras is known as a political director and the most part of his movies are intriguing and makes us thinking about our way of see/accept the political facts in world. Although this movie is not necessarily political, makes us thinking at this time, about the influence of the media in the facts and in our lives. In this movies, two different lives had being linked by a casual meeting in a museum: A reporter (Dustin Hoffman) whose career was marked by a mistake made in a network, is trying to "resurrect" his work making a report about a financial scandal when he's sent to make a report in a museum. At the same time, a guard of the museum (John Travolta), fired some days before because of cut of budget, goes there trying to have a conversation with the manager and convince her to give his job back. At the same time that the reporter realizes it can be a resurrection for him, the things run out of control when other media reporter challenges the guard and him... Besides the excellent performances of Hoffman and Travolta, Costa-Gavras makes once more, a very smart movie that can't be missed.


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