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The Public (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama | 5 April 2019 (USA)
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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 »

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Emilio Estevez

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Emilio Estevez
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Cast

Credited cast:
Taylor Schilling ... Angela
Jena Malone ... Myra
Christian Slater ... Josh Davis
Emilio Estevez ... Stuart Goodson
Alec Baldwin ... Detective Bill Ramstead
Gabrielle Union ... Rebecca Parks
Jeffrey Wright ... Anderson
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Jackson
Susanna Thompson
Richard T. Jones ... Chief Edwards
Ki Hong Lee ... Chip
Jacob Vargas ... Ernesto
Spencer Garrett ... John Harper
Anita Farmer Bergman ... Library Patron
Ming Wang ... Library Patron
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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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You. Me. Us. We.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, nudity, language, and some suggestive content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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The second film in which Emilio Estevez character spends most of the film in a library. The first being the 80's classic, The Breakfast Club. See more »

Quotes

Ernesto: Athena, time to go.
Homeless Women: I'll leave when I'm damn good and ready!
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Alec Baldwin Ruined The Movie
1 January 2019 | by adamwilson-56416See all my reviews

Great movie except every scene that Alec Baldwin appeared in. The great stage actor Ronnie Mund would have been a much better choice.


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