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Mad City (1997)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 7 November 1997 (USA)
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A disgruntled security guard holds a school trip group hostage, while a news reporter forms a bond with him.

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Costa-Gavras

Writers:

Tom Matthews (screenplay), Tom Matthews (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Sam
Dustin Hoffman ... Brackett
Mia Kirshner ... Laurie
Alan Alda ... Kevin Hollander
Robert Prosky ... Lou Potts
Blythe Danner ... Mrs. Banks
William Atherton ... Dohlen
Ted Levine ... Lemke
Tammy Lauren ... Miss Rose
William O'Leary ... CTN Junior Executive
Raymond J. Barry ... Dobbins
Lucinda Jenney ... Jenny
Akosua Busia ... Diane
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Bartholomew
Bingwa Bingwa ... Nat Jackson
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Storyline

Sam Baily, upset over losing his job, takes a natural history museum hostage. Max Brackett, journalist, is in the museum when this occurs, and gets the scoop. The story spreads nation wide, and soon it is all anyone talks about. The story itself is the news, not the reason why or the real people behind it. Written by <freckles@vivid.net>

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This November, the biggest hostage negotiation is about to begin See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for depiction of a hostage situation, including violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mad City See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,649,742, 9 November 1997

Gross USA:

$10,541,523

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,541,523
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On an interview Dustin Hoffman mentioned that whenever he appears in a movie he dislikes or has a poor performance with critics or audiences he tends to give nicknames to those movies. This one he called as "Mad Shitty". See more »

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Max Brackett: I think they'd want to know.
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Media Frenzy leads to...
25 October 1999 | by Maxi-14See all my reviews

This movie gets off to a slow start. To be honest it doesn't build much suspense. It does, however, have a message about modern society. People have a fascination with crisis situations and media personalities feed on that fact like sharks in a frenzy. That can lead situations to escalate out of control.

Dustin Hoffman stole the show as Max Brackett. A fellow viewer couldn't believe that he was the same man that had played in Rainman. He delivers a standout performance as TV news reporter Max Brackett who is looking to inject life back into his career but at the same time retains some sense of compassion and justice. The forces battle inside him through out the film.

John Travolta was on the money but not stellar as Sam Bailey, a recently unemployed security guard on the cusp of losing everything that he owns. Sam is a bit of low watt bulb, but he is basically a good person caught up in a very bad choice and situation that runs awry of his plans. He is very distraught about his situation and popping caffiene pills to stay awake doesn't help his state of mind much either. Not one of Travolta's best but it is still good.

What a pleasure to watch Alan Alda in front of the camera again. As Kevin Hollander he is the guy that you love to hate. Hollander is Max Brackett's nemesis and antagonist. Alda easily departs from his compassionate portrayal of Dr. Haweye Pierce on TV's MASH for this one.

This isn't a perfect film but it is a good one. It will leave you thinking about the message that it has. The acting is good to great.


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