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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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Sam
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Brackett
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Laurie
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Kevin Hollander
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Lou Potts
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Mrs. Banks
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Dohlen
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Lemke
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Miss Rose
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CTN Junior Executive
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Dobbins
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Jenny
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Diane
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Bartholomew
Bingwa ...
Nat Jackson
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KXBD Cameraman
Bobby Brewer ...
The Kids
Max Becker ...
The Kids
Philip David Robinson ...
The Kids
Milton Davis Jr. ...
The Kids
Jeremy Espinoza ...
The Kids
Nicole Fellows ...
The Kids
Victoria Gregson ...
The Kids
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The Kids
Sarah Haney ...
The Kids
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The Kids
Paige Tamada ...
The Kids
Hannah Vaughan ...
The Kids
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Sam's Son
Kiersten Nally ...
Cliff's Daughter
Sylvia Short ...
Mrs. Baily
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Bob
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Banker
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Principal
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Doctor
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Tabloid Reporter
Jenna Byrne ...
Reporter KMUR
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Hollander's Assistant
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CTN Junior Executive
Julian Wall ...
British Reporter
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Hollander's Producer
Nick Scoggin ...
Statz
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Air Force Sergeant
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Reporter Reuben
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Street Preacher
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Jay Leno
Stephen E. Kaufman ...
Hollander's Lawyer
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Brackett's Agent
Bill Rafferty ...
Bill Gottsegen
Kurt Johnson ...
Macho Parent
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Stage Manager (as Susan Burig)
D. Seifert ...
Minister (as Pastor D. Seifert)
J.P. Bumstead ...
Fisherman
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Lemke's Assistant (as Sean O'Kane)
Donal O'Sullivan ...
Policeman
Lee Ann Manley ...
Rachel's Mother
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Bonnie's Mother
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Max's Mother (as Michelle Pelletier)
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Jenny's Mother
Adina Goldman ...
Lou's Assistant
Roger Shamas ...
Hollander's Driver
Stephen Joel Brown ...
Hollander's Associate (as Stephen Brown)
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FBI Agent
Adam M. Koppekin ...
Assistant
Aaron Lucich ...
Sniper
Toian Matchinga ...
Mother (as Caryn Matchinga)
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Young Man
Christopher Michael Moore ...
Bowler #1
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Bowler #2
Pamela S. Laws ...
Folk Singers
John Halbleib ...
Folk Singers
Shannon L. Linke ...
Folk Singers
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Rap Singers
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Rap Singers
Chad Russell ...
Rap Singers
Steven Lazaneo ...
Rap Singers
Omar Lima ...
Rap Singers
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pamela Alch
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Young Reporter
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News Reporter (uncredited)
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Young Woman (uncredited)
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Makeup Man (uncredited)
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Photographer (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
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TV Anchor (uncredited)
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FBI Rooftop Sniper (uncredited)
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Larry King (uncredited)
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News Report on Lawn (uncredited)
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Cliff Williams (uncredited)
Bob Quinn ...
Parent of the kidnapped (uncredited)
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Bar Patron in Bowling Alley (uncredited)
Maridean Mansfield Shepard ...
Nosey Neighbor (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Young Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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Costa-Gavras

Written by

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Tom Matthews ... (screenplay)
 
Tom Matthews ... (story) &
Eric Williams ... (story)

Produced by

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Stephen Joel Brown ... executive producer (as Stephen Brown)
Wolfgang Glattes ... executive producer
Anne Kopelson ... producer
Arnold Kopelson ... producer
Jonathan D. Krane ... executive producer
Linda Warren ... associate producer

Music by

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Thomas Newman

Cinematography by

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Patrick Blossier

Film Editing by

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Françoise Bonnot

Editorial Department

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Bob Allen ... first assistant editor
Shannon Carey ... assistant editor
Hélène de la Morinerie ... assistant editor
Linda DeMarco ... color timer
Mo Henry ... negative cutter
Daniel Lawrence ... editor: video unit
Bruno Patin ... color timer
Bill Daly ... post-production executive (uncredited)

Casting By

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Cathy Sandrich Gelfond ... (as Cathy Sandrich)
Amanda Mackey ... (as Amanda Mackey Johnson)

Production Design by

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Catherine Hardwicke

Art Direction by

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Ben Morahan

Set Decoration by

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Jan Pascale

Costume Design by

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Deborah Nadoolman

Makeup Department

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Allan A. Apone ... makeup department head (as Allan Apone)
Michelle Bühler ... makeup artist (as Michelle Buhler)
Janis Clark ... makeup artist
Susan V. Kalinowski ... hair stylist (as Sue Kalinowski)
Nina Paskowitz ... key hair stylist
Robert Ryan ... makeup artist: Dustin Hoffman
Kyle Thomson ... makeup artist
Nancy Tong ... hair stylist (as Nanxy Tong)
June Westmore ... makeup artist
Alex Proctor ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Bill Draper ... executive in charge of production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kent Genzlinger ... second assistant director
Joe Lotito ... second second assistant director
Dennis Maguire ... first assistant director
Justin Moritt ... second second assistant director: San Jose
Julian Wall ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Jenny Baum ... set dresser
Jim Beinke ... special props
Alan Burg ... set dresser
Susan A. Burig ... graphic designer (as Susan Burig)
Gloria Ciraolo ... painter
Doug Crawford ... carpenter
Peter Croyle ... construction gangboss
Mike Cunningham ... assistant property master
Louise Del Araujo ... lead
Carl Denooyer ... labor foreman
Andrea Dopaso ... assistant art director
Matthew D. Egan ... propmaker
Tony Gardner ... special props
Curtis Gutierrez ... set dresser
Jeff Hay ... set dresser
Steve Lauberth ... set designer
Oliver Levey ... art department assistant
Julie Levine ... construction auditor
Thomas A. O'Conor ... construction crew
Edward V. Pannozzo ... set estimator
John J. Passanante ... standby painter
Lars Petersen ... construction coordinator
Cynthia C. Rebman ... on-set dresser
Brett Tyler ... painter
Charles Vassar ... set designer
Steven C. Voll ... general foreman
Karen Wiswell ... art department researcher
Libby Woolems ... assistant art director (as Elizabeth Woolens)
Mark Worthington ... set designer
Rick Young ... property master
Craig Zumbroegel ... propmaker

Sound Department

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John S. Coffey ... production sound mixer (as John Coffey)
Pauline Dairou ... dialogue editor
Philippe Escanecrabe ... re-recording mixer
Dominique Gaborieau ... re-recording mixer
Jessica Gallavan ... adr supervisor
Meredith Gold ... assistant adr editor
Michael Herbick ... re-recording mixer
Sylvain Lasseur ... sound editor
Bertrand Lenclos ... sound designer
Michael Miller ... adr recordist
Alenka Pavlin ... cable person
Ken S. Polk ... re-recording mixer
Edward Tise ... production sound mixer
George Tyson ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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Randy Cabral ... special effects foreman
David P. Kelsey ... special effects coordinator (as David Kelsey)
Bryan Smith ... special effects crew

Visual Effects by

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Dan Carrington ... digital artist
Olivier Cotte ... digital effects artist
Christian Guillon ... visual effects producer
Claire Pegorier ... visual effects
Fred Place ... digital compositor
Christian Rajaud ... digital compositor
François Vagnon ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Bud Davis ... stunt coordinator
Courtney Pakiz ... stunt performer
Mark Riccardi ... stunts
Keith Tellez ... stunt double: Dustin Hoffman

Camera and Electrical Department

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Laurie Agard ... videographer
Murray Close ... still photographer
Nathalie Durand ... first assistant camera
Bill Green ... grip
Ronald A. Miller ... rigging grip foreman
Thomas P. Powell ... lighting technician
Brian Rosso ... best boy grip
Darrell B. Sheldon ... dolly grip
Chris Squires ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Chris Strong ... chief lighting technician
Eric Wycoff ... lighting technician
Paul Stapleton-Smith ... camera operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Elizabeth Lang ... casting associate
Mia Levinson ... casting associate
Raquel Osborne ... extras casting
Nadine Porterfield ... additional extras casting
Erica Arvold ... casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Denise Cronenberg ... wardrobe: Alan Alda
Jennifer Day Young ... personal costumer: Dustin Hoffman

Location Management

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Eric Hedayat ... location manager
Paul Lucero ... assistant location manager
Richard Rosenberg ... location manager
Jonathon Slator ... location manager
Jerry Whittington ... location scout

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Rick Cox ... musician: guitar
George Doering ... musician
Michael Fisher ... musician: percussion
Sean M. Hickey ... music preparation
Michael Landau ... musician: guitar
Norman Ludwin ... musician (bass)
Philippe Sarde ... Additional Music
Chas Smith ... exotic instruments

Script and Continuity Department

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Pamela Alch ... script supervisor
Ebbe Roe Smith ... script revisions (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Tony Brazas ... driver: Mr. Travolta
Wayne R. Campbell ... transportation coordinator
Dean Winton ... driver

Other crew

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Daniel Hsu Accomando ... video unit coordinator (as Danny Accomando)
Tony Brazas ... assistant: Mr. Travolta
Judith M. Brown ... studio teacher
Sam Bruskin ... accounting assistant
Sarah Catizone ... set medic (as Sarah Oliver)
Bundy Chanock ... set medic
Tracey Cole ... production assistant
Tom Dames ... assistant to executive producer
Chris Debiec ... production coordinator (as Christopher A. Debiec)
Frank J. Ellison ... production accountant
Adina Goldman ... production assistant
Michael Goosen ... first assistant accountant
Matthew Gross ... production executive
Mischa Hausserman ... aerial coordinator
Lincoln D. Hiatt ... video unit producer
Adam M. Koppekin ... production assistant
Elias Madias ... assistant to director
Maria Norman ... executive assistant: Arnold Kopelson
Chris Palzis ... production assistant
Susie Schelling ... medical technical advisor
Kas Self ... stand-in: Mr. Hoffman
Susan Steinlauf-Pascal ... unit publicist
Adam M. Stone ... production aide
Susan Such ... executive assistant
Jim Swidarski ... payroll accountant
Denise Blasor ... adr (uncredited)
Caroline Martinez ... production office assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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The People of San Jose ... the producers wish to thank

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines This November, the biggest hostage negotiation is about to begin See more »
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Also Known As
  • Луд град (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Yksinoikeudella (Finland)
  • 危機最前線 (Taiwan)
  • Mad City - Assalto alla notizia (Italy)
  • Çılgın şehir (Turkey, Turkish title)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Box Office

Budget $50,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,649,742, 09 Nov 1997

Did You Know?

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Trivia The pastor in the news montage is an actual pastor of the church where the filming took place for his brief interview. The crew was filming, he was watching and was talking with one of the assistant directors, who then invited him to appear in the movie. He had no prior acting experience. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Mad City/Bean/Starship Troopers/Eve's Bayou/The Wings of the Dove (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Jenny's Garden See more »
Quotes Lou Potts: Jeez, I sent you to cover a piece of fluff, and you come back with a hostage situation.
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