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City Hall (1996)

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The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.

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Harold Becker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Mayor John Pappas
John Cusack ... Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun
Bridget Fonda ... Marybeth Cogan
Danny Aiello ... Frank Anselmo
Martin Landau ... Judge Walter Stern
David Paymer ... Abe Goodman
Anthony Franciosa ... Paul Zapatti (as Tony Franciosa)
Richard Schiff ... Larry Schwartz
Lindsay Duncan ... Sydney Pappas
Nestor Serrano ... Det. Eddie Santos
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Det. Albert Holly
Luna Lauren Velez ... Elaine Santos (as Lauren Vélez)
Chloe Morris Chloe Morris ... Maria Santos
Ian Quinlan ... Randy Santos
Roberta Peters ... Nettie Anselmo
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Storyline

A young boy dies from a stray bullet during a shootout between a cop and mob family member who had previously been supiciously given probabtion, only to break its terms. New York's Deputy Mayor, Kevin Calhoun starts digging for information. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Mayor... A Deputy Mayor... A City About to Explode. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City Hall: La sombra de la corrupción See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,200,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,100,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Castle Rock Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Anthony Franciosa's last film. See more »

Goofs

As Frank Anselmo is entering his house you can see a crewmember walking in front of his window in the bottom left hand corner. See more »

Quotes

Mayor John Pappas: The first and perhaps only great mayor was Greek. He was Pericles of Athens, and he lived some 2500 years ago, and he said all things good of this Earth flow into the city because of the city's greatness. Well, we were great once. Can we not be great again?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Danny Aiello/Coolio (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Never Walk Alone
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Adrien Raynier
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Good.
3 September 2005 | by yisraelhSee all my reviews

I liked this neglected movie quite a bit, for a number of reasons.

The characters. I found them believable, real, with some depth, in conflict. Not cardboard, cartoon-like. I found that I could really identify with and care about them.

The story. I thought it was really interesting and realistic. The behind-the-scenes look at political machinations was exciting. I tend to like movies without special effects, that are not unrealistic fantasies. ("Ordinary People" generally comes to my mind.) I thought that this movie simply took real-life type people, put them in interesting situations, filled with conflict, and had us watch them deal with the problems they were in.

I also think the movie had a message for us, in terms of right and wrong. In fact, it's downright Shakespearian. (Contrast this with another Al Pacino movie, "Heat", where the criminals are portrayed just as sympathetically as the law enforcement officers, and there is no inkling at all that there is anything morally wrong with armed robbery. I'm uncomfortable with that.)

It's refreshing to see a movie in this day and age without gratuitous sex, violence, bombs and bullets, profanity.

On a cinematic level, I found the directing, acting (the entire cast) and production to be first rate.

I realize that many, many people (possibly the large majority) don't see things as I've described here. But if what I've written resonates, then you'll probably like this movie a lot.


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