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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.

Writers:

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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Storyline

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

Notable for being the first movie made for HBO. See more »

Goofs

This movie was filmed in Ontario. The helicopter sent into the park with the police sniper has a Canadian Registry Number, C-GLCD. A NYPD helicopter would have an US registry starting with the letter N. See more »

Quotes

Mitch: [Speaking into radio] I don't want to hurt anyone. That's the first thing. I could have, but I didn't... even though there have been several attempts on my life. My name is not important; I'm just a guy. Nobody pays much attention to guys like me. I don't mean just because I'm a vet; I mean because my whole life has been directed by other people... I guess I let them. There's a lot of people like me in this city, who don't feel they have any control over their lives. A few weeks ago I got fed up...
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References Lonely Are the Brave (1962) See more »

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Central Park is now private property… for 72 hours.
17 November 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Think of Rambo, but more tone down in the violence and having a political angle focusing on how certain situations / individuals are undeservedly swept under the rug. 'The Park is Mine' is a passable, up-tempo little made-for-TV feature. Even with it's firework shows, expensive set-up and unique setting with , it's still merely low scale where at the heart it's all about the one man standing up for the underprivileged. At times it can manipulate, but manages to be respectable and hardly overwrought. It can be a fascinating tussle between Tommy Lee Jones' character and political big-heads, as what eventuates is a circus-show for the crowds and media. Some actions are a bit unbelievable; however you seem to take it with a grain of slat.

A Vietnam veteran takes over the plans of his now deceased war-time buddy (who committed suicide) who had thought-up an idea to take over Central Park for 72 hours, before Veterans Day. He eventually goes ahead and sets the plan in motion, where he doesn't intend to hurt anyone, but to only grab everyone's attention. However some powerful figures don't like this and try to change the situation (by any dirty means) in their favour, so society don't side with the vet and paint them in the wrong. Also a media reporter also finds herself caught up in it all when she tries to get closer to the action.

His definitely gotta plan. Packed with ammo, a lot of ammo. The material is formulaic, but tactically trimmed to suit Steven Hilliard Stern's tidy direction and sustained tension. I found it to get better the further along it goes, as the tricks and themes turn to the real thing. 'The Tangerine Dream' contributes a bellowing score that overwhelms the joint, but I don't believe to be as bad as a lot seem to make sound. Performances shape up pretty well. Tommy Lee Jones superbly instills a hard, tough shell to his character, but one we can feel and root for too. He's no troublesome, or unstable person, but someone that just wants to make a difference. A wonderfully affable Helen Shaver adds plenty of kick to her role and Yaphet Kotto provides some serious class. Lawrence Dane is picture-perfect as the scummy Commissioner.


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