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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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Taglines:

One man will make a mistake. The other will make it a spectacle. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuarto poder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,649,742, 9 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,556,196, 11 January 1998
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The four-engine business jet shown is a Lockheed Jetstar. One of the very few four engined business or personal jet planes produced. They are not as popular as twin engine business or personal jets, because they cost more to purchase, maintain, and operate, simply because of the four engine configuration. The pods hanging on the wings are external fuel tanks. They were produced from 1957 to 1978, and most were retired from service in the 1990s. Approximately two hundred four were produced, and were the first dedicated business jet produced. Popularity dwindled, due to high operating costs. See more »

Quotes

Max Brackett: Mrs. Banks, go make sure the buffalo are grazing properly.
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Soundtracks

Musetta's Waltz
from "La Bohème"
Music by Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini)
Text by Giuseppe Giacosa (as Giacosa) after Henri Murger (as Murger)
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one man's insanity reigns after he loses his job
29 March 1999 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

Interesting look at an emotionally crippled man as he goes out of control after losing his job. He holds several children and a few adults hostage in a museum after the curator refused to discuss his termination. One of the hostages is a newsman who winds up acting as the liaison between the police and the gunman. The situation leads to national prominence, drawing in an unscrupulous network newsman who only wanted to feather his own nest with the story. Good movie about a not unbelievable happening.


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