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The Park Is Mine (1985)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 6 October 1985
A Vietnam vet takes forceful control of Central Park to remember those who served and died in the Vietnam War.

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Lyle Gorch (screenplay), Stephen Peters (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Mitch
Helen Shaver ... Valery
Yaphet Kotto ... Eubanks
Lawrence Dane ... Commissioner Keller
Peter Dvorsky ... Dix
Eric Peterson ... Mike
Gale Garnett ... Rachel
Denis Simpson Denis Simpson ... Richie
Reg Dreger Reg Dreger ... Commander Curran
Louis Di Bianco ... Captain Juliano
Carl Marotte ... Santini
Dennis O'Connor ... Sergeant Duffy
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... General Bryant
R.D. Reid R.D. Reid ... Policeman on Ledge
George Bloomfield George Bloomfield ... Dr. Mueller
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A Vietnam vet takes forceful control of Central Park to remember those who served and died in the Vietnam War.

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Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asedio en Central Park See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The belt fed machine gun Mitch is using toward the end of the movie, against Verdanken, is a WWII German MG42. See more »

Goofs

After arriving on the scene, Eubanks enters the police trailer with his hat in his hand. Switching to the interior of the trailer, Eubanks enters wearing his hat, removing it as he greets the commissioner. See more »

Quotes

[after Valery is shot]
Mitch: You ignorant mother fuckers have just shot an innocent photojournalist here! A female...
[Mitch is cut off by a burst of gunfire]
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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If Tommy Lee says the park is his… Well, then the park is his!
17 May 2010 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"The Park is Mine" is a modest yet fervent and well-intended mid-80's TV drama with a noble underlying message and a fabulous lead performance by Tommy Lee Jones. Basically speaking the film belongs in the thriller sub category of 'trouble with Vietnam veterans', but this one is of a different caliber. There where most exploitation movies deal with disillusioned veterans going bonkers and heading out on a violent murder rampage, "The Park is Mine" tries to implement a more emotional and humane approach. Sure the whole premise is completely implausible and even somewhat preposterous, but if you switch off your sense of logic for a good hour and a half, you definitely won't be bored! This is the second time Tommy Lee Jones depicts an embittered Vietnam veteran, after his role in the dark and gritty "Rolling Thunder". Mitch is an aimlessly roaming vet in New York. He can't keep a job, his wife divorced him and he doesn't get any respect from anybody is this damned city where everyone simply minds his own business. When his terminally ill war buddy commits suicide, Mitch finds out he was planning an attention- grabbing initiative in Central Park. Mitch executes the plans and takes control over the park. His peaceful but nevertheless explosive attempt to make people more aware of life receives a lot of interest from the media and support from the populace, but it's quite an embarrassment for the authorities – and particularly for the deputy mayor – so they try to eliminate Mitch in any possible way they can. There are some nice photographic shots and explosions, but this is primarily Tommy Lee Jones' movie! He's excellent, charismatic and quite overpowering with his painted face and mirror sunglasses. His great acting compensates even for the stupidest plot twists (Vietcong mercenary in Central Park? !?) and the clichéd ending. Jones also receives pretty good support from Yaphet Kotto as the likable copper and Peter Dvorsky as the sleazy deputy mayor.


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