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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

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Taglines:

It started with a shootout on a rainswept street and ended in a scandal that shattered New York. 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anthony Franciosa's last film. See more »

Goofs

A same extra (man with dark glasses) can be seen walking twice on the shot with Kevin Calhoun making his campaign at the ending. First, Kevin gives a leaflet to the man, who accepts it and takes the subway route. A few frames later, the same guy appears but this time he refuses the leaflet and goes to the subway (again). See more »

Quotes

Mayor John Pappas: You got the stuff, pappy. I love that.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Danny Aiello/Coolio (1996) See more »

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A Real Nice Clambake
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Politics in The Big Apple
4 June 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Being a transplanted New Yorker, I might be more critical than most in watching City Hall. But I have to say that before even getting to the story itself I was captivated by the location shooting and the political atmosphere of New York City that Director Harold Becker created.

For example there's a reference to Woerner's Restaurant in Brooklyn where political boss Frank Anselmo likes to eat. There is or was a Woerner's Restaurant on Remsen Street in downtown Brooklyn when I lived in New York back in 1996. It was in fact particularly favored by political people in the Borough though they did have a couple of other hangouts.

No surprise because the script was co-authored by Nicholas Pileggi who still writes both political and organized crime stories. He knows the atmosphere quite well and he sure knows how those two worlds cross as they do in this film.

A detective played by Nestor Serrano goes for an unofficial meeting with a relative of mob boss Anthony Franciosa and things erupt and three people wind up dead, including an innocent 6 year old boy whose father was walking him to school. The story mushrooms and at the end it's reached inside City Hall itself.

Al Pacino plays Mayor John Pappas and John Cusack is his Deputy Mayor a transplanted Louisianan, a state which has a tradition of genteel corruption itself. He's the outsider here and in trying to do damage control, Cusack finds more than he bargained for,

Danny Aiello plays Brooklyn political boss Frank Anselmo and for those of you not from New York, his character is based on the late Borough President of Queens Donald Manes who was also brought down by scandal. He's very much the kind of Brooklyn politician I knew back in the day whose friendship with organized crime and favors done for them, do Aiello in.

City Hall was the farewell performance on film for Anthony Franciosa, one of the most underrated and under-appreciated talents ever on the screen. No one watches anyone else whenever he's on.

Al Pacino's best moment is when at the funeral of the young child killed, he takes over the proceedings and turns it into a political triumph for himself. His is a complex part, he's a decent enough man, but one caught up in the corruption it takes to rise in a place like New York.

For those who want to know about political life in the Big Apple, City Hall is highly recommended.


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