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The Mean Season (1985)

Malcolm Anderson is a reporter for a Miami newspaper. He's had enough of reporting the local murders and so promises his school teacher girlfriend (Christine), they'll move away soon. ... See full summary »

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Phillip Borsos

Writers:

John Katzenbach (novel), Christopher Crowe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Malcolm Anderson
Mariel Hemingway ... Christine Connelly
Richard Jordan ... Alan Delour
Richard Masur ... Bill Nolan
Richard Bradford ... Phil Wilson
Joe Pantoliano ... Andy Porter
Andy Garcia ... Ray Martinez
Rose Portillo ... Kathy Vasquez
William Smith ... Albert O'Shaughnessy
John Palmer John Palmer ... Himself
Lee Sandman Lee Sandman ... Harold Jacoby
Dan Fitzgerald ... Carl Mason
Cynthia Caquelin Cynthia Caquelin ... Ruth Lowenstein
Fred Ornstein ... Warren Phillips
Fritz Bronner ... Peter Peterson
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Storyline

Malcolm Anderson is a reporter for a Miami newspaper. He's had enough of reporting the local murders and so promises his school teacher girlfriend (Christine), they'll move away soon. Before Malcolm can hand in his notice, the murderer from his latest article phones him. The murderer tells Malcolm that he's going to kill again. The phone calls and murders continue, soon Malcolm finds that he's not just reporting the story, he is the story. Written by Rob Hartill

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He was a lead reporter...this was a lead story which led to death. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Reportagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Dade County, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,560,591, 18 February 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,349,446
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two 1985 movies starring Mariel Hemingway. The other was Creator (1985). See more »

Goofs

Malcolm Anderson has a heated exchange with the two police detectives at their office. In the middle of it he whips off his glasses but in the next shot he is still wearing them. See more »

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Above average thriller with a solid Kurt Russell performance
8 June 2006 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

I think that The Mean Season is an under-appreciated, tightly crafted suspense thriller that, in spite of what other reviews have claimed, does not pander to too many cliché's--this film is old enough to have helped establish those very same tropes that have since become clichés. Remember, this was made before Manhunter, Silence of the Lambs, 15 Minutes, etc etc...and was one of the first films to deal with the whole notion of fame/celebrity/serial killers and the lack of ethics displayed by journalists.

The film benefits from excellent performances from Kurt Russell and Richard Jordan. As the two leads they carry the film and Richard Masur,as Russell's editor, sells every line of his character's dialog with complete conviction.

Andy Garcia makes a very strong impression and he is perfectly paired with Richard Bradford, who reminds me so much of my 1st step-father (an ex Marine Corps drill instructor turned cop)that i have absolutely no trouble believing him in the role of a burned out, bitter homicide detective. Mariel Hemingway is awful, as always. A truly terrible actress.

The direction by Philip Borsos is very tight. His framing and cutting remind of Hitchcock, there is a certain stylish elegance to the images (each of the killings is filmed with a minimum of blood but to maximum stylistic effect) and all in all the plot hurtles forward at just the right level of intensity. I will admit that there are 2 examples of ridiculous false scares in the film which were apparently studio-mandated(no surprise, really)and I guess I should deduct points for that and Lalo Shifrin's sometimes bombastic score--but I am not going to... because after 21 years of mostly pale imitators, The Mean Season is looking better and better with age.


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