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City Hall (1996)

R | | Drama | 16 February 1996 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mayor John Pappas
... Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun
... Marybeth Cogan
... Frank Anselmo
... Judge Walter Stern
... Abe Goodman
... Paul Zapatti (as Tony Franciosa)
... Larry Schwartz
... Sydney Pappas
... Det. Eddie Santos
Mel Winkler ... Det. Albert Holly
... Elaine Santos (as Lauren Vélez)
Chloe Morris ... Maria Santos
... Randy Santos
... 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

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Murder...Corruption...Cover-up...Scandal... See more »

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

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Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

City Hall: La sombra de la corrupción  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The interior scenes of New York's City Hall actually were filmed inside a mansion in Teaneck, New Jersey. See more »

Goofs

When Kevin Calhoun and Marybeth Cogan are out on the boat, shots from the inside seem to indicate that the water is choppy, but exterior shots show calm water. See more »

Quotes

Marybeth Cogan: You're a mean prick, you know that?
Kevin Calhoun: Where I come from, that's a compliment.
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Connections

Referenced in Aprile (1998) 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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A disappointment considering the cast--especially a post-'Heat' Pacino!
12 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Being a huge fan of Al Pacino (from the likes of 'Heat', the 'Godfather' movies, and 'Dog Day Afternoon' especially) and having had a huge crush on Bridget Fonda ('Single White Female', anyone?) back in the day (Peter Fonda's famous daughter was named 85th sexiest star in film history, and Mrs. Danny Elfman hasn't been involved in film, unfortunately, since 2002), I was hugely disappointed in this film, especially since I had loved director Harold Becker's previous 'Sea of Love', which also starred Pacino. The first half was decent and involving, but it kind of slid off the rails, interest-wise for me, the rest of the way and got too talky and uninspired.

I don't really know if the problem was with the script or its direction. I know I'm not the greatest John Cusack fan in the world (I find he's much better in comedy, like his sister Joan), but he had pretty good co-stars, whose talents were basically wasted, in Martin Landau, Anthony Franciosa and Danny Aiello (these guys were BORN for these roles and films, so on paper, this should have really worked out well). I had always wondered why this film had bombed so miserably, and now I know why. In cases like this, more should have been done to alter the story arc, just some basic tweaks, to make it more suspenseful and/or (though I usually balk at such 'Hollywood' tendencies) some romantic tension (a beauty such as Fonda's was misused--they may as well have hired someone else). All in all, a wasted opportunity that's worth a look if you like dramas about corruption--just don't go in with big expectations, and don't bother with a re-watch.


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