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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 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:

CAD 4,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Despite all the violence depicted in this movie, only three people actually die. Two by gunfire, one by suicide. 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

Mitch: I never meant to hurt anyone.
Valery: You shove a gun in an old man's face and tell him you're gonna blow his head off, and he dies of a heart attack because he's so fucking scared, and you're not responsible because your gun isn't loaded?
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Referenced in Aislados (2005) See more »

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Implausible, but fairly compelling
24 August 2011 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

The premise of this movie - a lone ex-soldier unraveling a plan to take over New York's Central Park singlehanded and managing to keep the police at bay over several days - does seem kind of hard to swallow. However, with the way the movie is executed, you'll almost believe it could happen. The movie does have a good amount of merit to it. While it's a mid-'80s Canadian movie, the production values are surprisingly good; this movie obviously had a budget. Tommy Lee Jones gives a fairly commanding performance at the Vietnam vet with a plan, and there are other good performances by Helen Shaver as the curious news reporter, and Yaphet Kotto as a chief police officer (though he's given little to do until near the ending.) Director Steven Hilliard Stern creates some good action sequences and keeps things moving at a rapid rate. Though maybe the movie is a little bit too swift; we hardly learn anything about Jones' character at the beginning, and before the twenty minute mark he's already taken over the park. Some people may be offended that Jones' Vietnam vet character is yet another cinematic Vietnam vet who is a "loser" (unemployed, estranged from his wife, etc.), despite surveys that show that most Vietnam vets in real life are adjusted and happy. But if you can look over this "loser" portrayal, chances are you'll find some enjoyment with this movie.


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