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Weapons of Mass Distraction (1997)

Two media moguls get into a nasty power struggle for the ownership of a pro football team which takes a drastic effect on their personal and professional lives.

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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Julian Messenger
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Ariel Powers (aka Alexi)
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Rita Pascoe
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Dr. Jonathon Cummings
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Robin Zimmer
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Sen. Quentin Sayles
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Sen. Condon

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Two media moguls vie for ownership of a pro football team, at first they play by their own rules of fair game but then it gets dirty. In an attempt to out do one another each one makes it more personal as their own greed and ambition takes their toll on their families, companies and employees. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Crime

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Rated R for language, sexuality, and depiction of a suicide | See all certifications »
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17 May 1997 (USA)  »

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A tömegpusztítás fegyverei  »

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Lionel Powers: I'll see you in Hell!
Julian Messenger: I hope so, dear boy! It wouldn't be the same without you!
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DANKE SCHOEN
Written by Kurt Schwabach, Milton Gabler (as Milt Gabler) and Bert Kaempfert
Performed by Wayne Newton
Courtesy of Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
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A prime example of satire gone awry.
31 January 1999 | by (Western Australia) – See all my reviews

Weapons of Mass Distraction proves to be an inconsequential mess of loose plot points and unanswered questions. In what was initially supposed to be a satire, it only gets lost in it's web of lurid, superfluous, irrelevant occurrences.

Two billionares rival over ownership of a famous American football team. That's what we understand from the blurb. Unfortunately, the references to that are just so vague that it is somewhat of a sub-plot. There really is no plot. It goes nowhere!

On one end of the spectrum we have Robert Altman's fine satire "The Player", focusing on big business and movies. On the other end of the spectrum we have this.

Combine this: helicopter accident, closet gay businessman, jewish holocaust surviver, appendage enlargement, trans-gender wife and adulterous cable repairman newly fired. That's precisely what the film is!

It's awful. One out of ten.


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