In "the public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story ... See full summary »

Director:

Emilio Estevez

Writer:

Emilio Estevez
Popularity
4,080 ( 289)
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Taylor Schilling ... Angela
Alec Baldwin ... Detective Bill Ramstead
Jena Malone ... Myra
Christian Slater ... Josh Davis
Emilio Estevez ... Stuart Goodson
Gabrielle Union ... Rebecca Parks
Jeffrey Wright ... Anderson
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Jackson
Ki Hong Lee ... Chip
Richard T. Jones ... Chief Edwards
Jacob Vargas ... Ernesto
Spencer Garrett ... John Harper
Carly Tamborski ... Channel 9 News Reporter
Ray Bouderau ... Lieutenant Ray
Brian Gallagher ... Jonah
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Storyline

In "the public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the Patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

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Taglines:

You. Me. Us. We.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, nudity, language, and some suggestive content
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Color
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Trivia

Jacob Vargas and Christian Slater had previously appeared in Emilio Estevez's film Bobby (2006) together. See more »

Quotes

Angela: So now is probably not a great time to come and get my library card?
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