6.6/10
2,958
59 user 70 critic

The Public (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 July 2019 (Germany)
Trailer
2:25 | Trailer
An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.

Director:

Emilio Estevez

Writer:

Emilio Estevez
5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Detective Bill Ramstead
Taylor Schilling ... Angela
Emilio Estevez ... Stuart Goodson
Jena Malone ... Myra
Christian Slater ... Josh Davis
Jacob Vargas ... Ernesto Ramirez
Gabrielle Union ... Rebecca Parks
Derek Polen ... William Larsen
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Jackson (as Michael K. Williams)
Jeffrey Wright ... Anderson
Rhymefest ... Big George (as Che Rhymefest Smith)
Ki Hong Lee ... Chip
Patrick Hume ... Caesar
Richard T. Jones ... Chief Tom Edwards
Susanna Thompson ... Marcy Ramstead

Michael K. Williams Surprises His 'The Public' Director

The Public director Emilio Estevez had no idea one of his stars was dropping in during his "IMDb Show Live" interview ...

Watch our "IMDb Show Live" highlights

Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Every Story Matters.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first screen appearance of Emilio Estevez in six years. See more »

Goofs

In 'Artic' cold weather you should see everyone outside breath when they speak. No one was even shivering. See more »

Quotes

Stuart Goodson: Sorry about tonight, Mr. Anderson.
Anderson: I'm not.
See more »

User Reviews

 
A good movie not getting enough attention.
7 April 2019 | by lkobler-672-870759See all my reviews

When I saw this, there were only 2 of us in the theater and that's a shame since this is a good movie that should be seen by everyone. Good acting, direction and writing. It needs more publicity!


41 of 54 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 59 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Sign Languages

Release Date:

25 July 2019 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Public See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$259,455, 7 April 2019

Gross USA:

$573,503

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$644,740
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page



Recently Viewed