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Weapons of Mass Distraction (1997)

Two media moguls get into a nasty power struggle for the ownership of a pro football team, which causes drastic effects on their personal and professional lives.


Stephen Surjik


Larry Gelbart
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Lionel Powers
Ben Kingsley ... Julian Messenger
Mimi Rogers ... Ariel Powers (aka Alexi)
Jeffrey Tambor ... Alan Blanchard
Illeana Douglas ... Rita Pascoe
Paul Mazursky ... Dr. Jonathon Cummings
Chris Mulkey ... Jerry Pascoe
R. Lee Ermey ... Billy Paxton
Caroline Aaron ... Robin Zimmer
Jason Lee ... Phillip Messenger
Christina Pickles ... Mrs. Frieda Messinger
Tom Wright ... Marvel Sears
Randall Arney Randall Arney ... Sen. Quentin Sayles
Ben Bode ... Peter Messenger
L. Scott Caldwell ... Sen. Condon


Two media moguls vie for ownership of a pro football team. At first they play by their own rules of fair play, but then it gets dirty. In an attempt to out do one another each one makes it more personal, as their own greed and ambition takes their toll on their families, companies and employees. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, and depiction of a suicide | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Lionel Powers: I'll see you in Hell!
Julian Messenger: I hope so, dear boy! It wouldn't be the same without you!
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Written by Norman Newell, Riz Ortolani (as Riziero Ortolani), Nino Oliviero (as Nino Olivero) and Marcello Ciorciolini
Performed by Patrick Tuzzolino
Courtesy of Skywriter Productions, Inc.
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a memorable film.
23 October 2006 | by victorpaskowSee all my reviews

just because i had my caps lock on doesn't mean i'm shouting! this movie is great. it's one of a kind. i first saw it when i was a young teenager. the film has stuck with me since. it's dark, funny and i enjoyed the all star cast. check this one out if you think your life isn't going the way you want it to.its also not a well known picture, so if you can get your hands on it, i would advise you to do so. these other people don't know what they are talking about. i also think that a ten line minimum is too much. you start talking about nothing just to get your 3 line comment in. any ways keep up the good work you IMDb. you are doing a great job.

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Release Date:

17 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A tömegpusztítás fegyverei See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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