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Mad City (1997)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 7 November 1997 (USA)
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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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)  »

Also Known As:

El cuarto poder  »

Box Office

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

[last lines]
Max Brackett: We killed him.
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Connections

Features Larry King Live (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Musetta's Waltz
from "La Bohème"
Music by Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini)
Text by Giacosa after Murger
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A Dog Day Afternoon At The Museum
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Man, this was some indictment of the television-reporter-mentality! It was exaggerated, of course, but still interesting to see and in many respects good to see because of the onslaught of tabloid-mentality journalism that seems to have taken over the media in recent years. That kind of "reporting" should be exposed and ridiculed.

Whatever, you can enjoy this film for the acting alone with Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Alan Alda, Robert Prosky, Mia Kirschner and Ted Levine. These actors, and some good dialog, make the film move along at a good clip despite the absence of much happening on screen.

The story gets you involved and reminds me of the famous 70s film, Dog Day Afternoon, in which much of the film takes place in a bank. Here, it's a museum, and a man is in a predicament something like Al Pacino was in that film except Travolta's character here is totally innocent.

The screenwriters added bit of humor to this involving story and that made it even better. It's very good entertainment and certainly recommended.


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