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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Malcolm Anderson
... Christine Connelly
... Alan Delour
... Bill Nolan
... Phil Wilson
... Andy Porter
... Ray Martinez
... Kathy Vasquez
... Albert O'Shaughnessy
John Palmer ... Himself
Lee Sandman ... Harold Jacoby
... Carl Mason
Cynthia Caquelin ... Ruth Lowenstein
... Warren Phillips
... Peter Peterson
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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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15 February 1985 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$4,349,446
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Kurt Russell's character is loosely based on the film's source novelist John Katzenbach, who was a reporter for the Miami Herald. See more »

Goofs

Anderson misspells "apparent" as "apparrent" on his word processor, and leaves it uncorrected. This may only be a character error, but it's odd considering he's a potential Pulitzer-winning journalist. See more »

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Christine: I've gotten so far away that leaving is just a formality, Malcolm.
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Spoofs Psycho (1960) See more »

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Decent Thriller
24 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Decent enough movie, with an absolutely menacing performance by Richard Jordan as the sick, deluded serial killer.

Kurt Russell was...just okay. I couldn't quite figure out what he was getting at. He was burnt out in his job with the newspaper in Miami. He seemed to be craving just the situation that he found himself in. Conversing with a serial killer, and writing about it; Having a literal front row seat at the story of the year; being the central figure in a national story; "approaching pulitzer territory". However, Russell erupted into attitude with just about everybody he came into contact with. At one point, he's smugly satisfied to have found himself to be so deeply involved in an emerging story of a sadistic serial killer, then he snaps at the killer when events aren't turning out favorably. This doesn't seem like the emotional response you would expect from a seasoned reporter. A serial killer is doing something like this just to play with the heads of authority. To expect him to behave rationally is naive and foolish.

However, Russell gamely does generally well with the character, and there are effectively troubling and suspenseful aspects to the film. The subject of newspaper ethics is broached and discussed, although I'm not sure all that effectively.

Andy Garcia, Richard Bradford and Richard Masur were excellent.

Mariel Hemingway was absolutely terrible. She either was giggling, looking completely bewildered, or hysterical. Granted, the script gave her little else to do, but a creative actress could have made something out of it. She completely distracted me every time she was on screen. Just a terrible job.

All in all, a decent, flawed movie with a first-rate performance by Jordan. He made the movie worth it.


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