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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.

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Detective Bill Ramstead
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Angela
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Stuart Goodson
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Myra
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Josh Davis
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Ernesto Ramirez
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Rebecca Parks
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William Larsen
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Jackson (as Michael K. Williams)
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Anderson
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Big George (as Che Rhymefest Smith)
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Chip
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Caesar
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Chief Tom Edwards
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Marcy Ramstead
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John Harper
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Smutts
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Cactus Ray
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'Angry' Mike
Jared Earland ...
Barnes
Dale Hodges ...
Athena
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Security Officer Williams
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Coleman
Brian Gallagher ...
Jonah
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Nick (as Nick Pittman)
Ben Raanan ...
Naked Man
Mia Vera ...
Globe Girl
Reggie Willis ...
Black Patron
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Female Asian Patron
David Myers Gregory ...
Nerdy Patron
Sean Fannin ...
Nerdy College Patron
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Student Patron
Shyra Thomas ...
Young Woman Patron
Kurt Roberson ...
Deaf patron
Sara Mackie ...
Female Patron
Dominic Mcneal ...
Young Homeless Patron
A. John Beeler ...
Homeless Patron
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Homeless Woman
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Detective Patterson (as Marcus Jackson)
Domenyk Mitchell ...
Pizza Delivery Man
Kelvin Webb ...
Earl Bradley
Jason Fleming ...
Sargeant @ Drop Off
Michael Lee ...
Cop @ Drop Off
Casey Gries ...
Hippie Girl @ Drop Off
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Library Security
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Homeless Man
Marqualo Leo ...
Sarah Core Homeless Man
B.P. Taylor ...
Background-Homeless library patron
Dylan Keith Adams ...
Looky Loo (uncredited)
Mark Angel ...
Bearded Homeless Man (uncredited)
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Homeless Man (uncredited)
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Core Homeless Man (uncredited)
Dominique Ayers ...
Background Extra (uncredited)
Michael Lee Bailey ...
Core Homeless Man (uncredited)
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Library Patron (uncredited)
Damon Binford ...
Core Homeless Man (uncredited)
Robert Bolson ...
Library Patron (uncredited)
Ray Bouderau ...
Lieutenant Ray (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
Tyler Joseph Campbell ...
Core Homeless Man (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
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Homeless Man (uncredited)
Alejandro Castillo ...
Homeless Man (uncredited)
Wylie Caudill ...
CPD Cop (uncredited)
Shuo Chen ...
Police (uncredited)
Lesleigh Chumbley ...
Looky Loo (uncredited)
Amy Kay Clark ...
On-Air Reporter (uncredited)
Angela Coburn ...
Donator (uncredited)
Jill Coughlin ...
Homeless Library Patron (uncredited)
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Suits (uncredited)
Laura Dejean ...
Librarian (uncredited)
Richard Doone ...
Donator (uncredited)
Donnie Dunn ...
Homeless Man (uncredited)
Shawn P. Farrell ...
Core Homeless Man (uncredited)
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Attorney, SWAT (uncredited)
Sammy Geroulis ...
Librarian (uncredited)
Jeremy Greenwell ...
Sick Homeless Patron (uncredited)
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Homeless Man (uncredited)
John W. Harden ...
News crew (uncredited)
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Riot Police (uncredited)
Deshawn Harris ...
Core Homeless (uncredited)
Jennifer Henson ...
Homeless Character / Patron (uncredited)
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Riot Police (uncredited)
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Walker (uncredited)
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Homeless Guitar Player (uncredited)
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Homeless Man (uncredited)
Steven Johnson ...
Homeless Guy (uncredited)
Susan Kile ...
Homeless Woman (uncredited)
Gregory M. Knight ...
Core Homeless Man (uncredited)
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Core Homeless Man (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
Michael Laurianti ...
Riot Policemen (uncredited)
Daniel J. Le Saint ...
Riot Police (uncredited)
Dillon Lynch ...
Core Homeless (uncredited)
Luna Madison ...
Librarian Extra (uncredited)
Gary Maloney ...
Homeless Man / Looky Loo / Donor (uncredited)
Joe Maurer ...
Homeless man (uncredited)
Harry McCane ...
Sleeping Homeless Man (uncredited)
Kevin McCane ...
News Cameraman (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
Brianna Moreau ...
Library Patron (uncredited)
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Sgt John Ostrow (uncredited)
Michael D Overman ...
Core Homeless Man (uncredited)
Franco Pinacchio ...
Riot Police Officer (uncredited)
David Pittinger ...
Riot Police Officer (uncredited)
Charles Poole ...
Riot Police (uncredited)
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Donator (uncredited)
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Bystander (uncredited)
Aaron Pullins IV ...
Core homeless man (uncredited)
Don Reilly ...
Riot Police Officer (uncredited)
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Library Security (uncredited)
Nicholas Earl Schmidt ...
Homeless Man (uncredited)
Steven Schraub ...
Riot Police Officer (uncredited)
Brian Seltzer ...
Riot Police Officer (uncredited)
Brooke Singleton ...
Looky Loo (uncredited)
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Cincinnati Police Dep't (uncredited)
Christina Sparks ...
Car passenger (uncredited)
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Channel 9 News Reporter (uncredited)
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Doc, Homeless Man (uncredited)
Jasmine Taylor ...
News Reporter (uncredited)
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Core Homeless Man (uncredited)
Jim Waldfogle ...
Core Homeless Man (uncredited)
Steven Terry Walker ...
BOD Trustee Foley (uncredited)
Victoria Watkins ...
Cincinnati Police Detective (uncredited)
Ted J. Weil ...
Disturbed Male Patron (uncredited)
Eric Thomas Wilber ...
Homeless Man (uncredited)
Mallory Young ...
Homeless Women (uncredited)

Directed by

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Emilio Estevez

Written by

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Emilio Estevez ... (written by)

Produced by

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Michael Bien ... executive producer
Jordan Bouderau ... executive producer
Ray Bouderau ... executive producer
Trevor Drinkwater ... executive producer
Emilio Estevez ... producer
Taylor Estevez ... co-producer
Brent Guttman ... co-executive producer
David Hillary ... line producer
Richard Hull ... executive producer
Tyler W. Konney ... executive producer
Alex Lebovici ... producer
Lisa Niedenthal ... producer
Jeffrey Pollack ... executive producer
Steve Ponce ... producer
Kristen Schlotman ... co-producer

Music by

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Tyler Bates
Joanne Higginbottom

Cinematography by

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Juan Miguel Azpiroz

Film Editing by

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Richard Chew
Yang Hua Hu

Editorial Department

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Patsy Bouge ... Co-Producer & Post Production Supervisor
Marcel Da Costa ... dailies producer
Christina de Guzman ... post-production coordinator
Giovanni DiGiorgio ... digital intermediate assistant
Siggy Ferstl ... digital intermediate colorist
M.A. Golán ... assistant editor (as Mike Aguilar)
Joe Ken ... finishing editor: Company 3
Tyrell Lloyd ... assistant colorist: Company 3
Bryan Smaller ... additional color
Ian Sullivan ... digital intermediate accountant
Yon Van Kline ... assistant editor

Casting By

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D. Lynn Meyers
Mary Vernieu
Michelle Wade Byrd

Production Design by

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David J. Bomba

Set Decoration by

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Sarah Young

Costume Design by

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Christopher Lawrence

Makeup Department

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Jodi Byrne ... key makeup artist
Kelly Lane ... makeup artist
Scott H. Reeder ... key hair stylist
Anna Maria Reyer ... hair department head
Anna Richardson ... makeup artist
Anne Taylor ... makeup department head
Andrea Vieth ... makeup artist (as Andrea Flannery)

Production Management

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Aaron Collins ... production supervisor
David Hillary ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ian Campbell ... second assistant director
Wayne Han ... second second assistant director
Casey Shelton ... second second assistant director
S.B. Weathersby ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Laura Dennings ... property master
Shelby Hamet ... on set dresser
Brett P. Jackson ... set dresser
Brock Komon ... set dresser
David Schellenberger ... assistant property master
Ryan Tudor ... set dresser
Christopher Walters ... Lead person (as Chris Walters)
Kay Wolfley ... art department coordinator

Sound Department

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Mark Allen ... sound effects editor
Kyle Arzt ... re-recording mix technician
Rickley W. Dumm ... sound effects editor
Geoff Maxwell ... sound mixer
Jacob McNaughton ... foley mixer
Frank A. Montaño ... re-recording mixer
Samuel Munoz ... foley cuer
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer
Andrew Rice ... adr mixer
Perry Robertson ... supervising sound editor
Julian Slater ... re-recording mixer
Arno Stephanian ... foley mixer
Chris Welcker ... boom operator
Kevin Zimmerman ... co-supervising sound editor
Jeffrey Roy ... loop group recordist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Taylor Estevez ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dylan Algie ... additional electrician
Troy Benjamin ... vtr operator
Joe Bou ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Andy Chen ... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Tom Cherry ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Kiely Cronin ... assistant camera: "b" camera
Mike Dittiacur ... grip
Brian Douglas ... still photographer
Alexander Elkins ... camera operator: b camera
Amy Faust ... first assistant camera: a camera / second unit dp
Russ Faust ... gaffer
Jordan C. Kadovitz ... hd video assist
Matthew Legner ... additional grip
Joey Morrissey ... additional electrician
Clifton Radford ... best boy electric
Eric Ransbottom ... D.I.T / digital utility
Christopher Ratledge ... digital imaging technician
Tori Roloson ... grip
Michael Salamone ... best boy grip
Dave Schwandner ... camera operator: "a" camera
Thomas William Vincent ... electrician
John Zanardelli ... additional grip

Casting Department

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Bret Howe ... casting associate
Mark Sussman ... adr voice casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jessica Arthur ... set costumer
Shawna-Nova Foley ... key costumer
Chelsea Ostrow ... costumer
Zachary Sheets ... costume supervisor
Greta Stokes ... costume assistant (as Greta Korte Stokes)

Location Management

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Deirdre Costa ... location manager
Chris Hilsabeck ... assistant location manager
Joshua James Kellinghaus ... Location pa
Kevin McCane ... location assistant

Music Department

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Paloma Estevez ... Additional Music
Justin Moshkevich ... scoring engineer
Adam Pleiman ... recording engineer
The Public ... music editor
Georgiana Ramsland ... music editor
Rani Sharone ... musician: bass

Script and Continuity Department

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Tonia Madenford ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Sheryl Anderson ... driver
Jacob Berry ... transportation production assistant
Craig Eastep ... driver
John R. Holt Jr. ... driver
Brandon Leach ... driver
Dwight Lindsey ... driver
Bill Lloyd ... driver
Lloyd McMullen ... driver (as Red McMullen)
Craig Metzger ... transportation captain
Dennis Neaubauer ... driver
Drew Perkins ... driver
Tony Ruiz ... picture car coordinator / transportation coordinator
Matt Voytish ... driver

Additional Crew

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Nick Avery ... production secretary
Celina Barnette ... production coordinator (as Celina Reising)
Jon Bruno ... loop group
Patrick Censoplano ... loop group
Ashley Collinsworth ... set production assistant
Patty Connolly ... loop group
Richard Doone ... movie car driver
Katie Dwertman ... assistant production coordinator
Rick Gifford ... loop group actor
Jackey Hall ... production assistant
Rae Hunt ... stand-in
Harry Johnson ... loop group
Gregory M. Knight ... stand-in: Jeffrey Wright
Jimmy Lee ... set medic
Raymond J. Markovich ... finance legal
Terence Mathews ... loop group
Andrew J. McKenzie ... lto back-up
L. Crawford Norman III ... production assistant
Jacqueline Oka ... swing production assistant
Michael D Overman ... stand-in: Alec Baldwin / stand-in: Spencer Garrett
Pia Patatian ... Vice President: Sales
Sam Patton ... first assistant accountant
Zac Pendergrass ... payroll: accountant
Dan Perri ... title designer
Mary Ann Pianka ... loop group
Michael Ralph ... loop group
Emily Riedy ... local finance assist
Karra Robinson ... stand-in: Jean Malone (as Karra Rae Robinson)
Phillip L. Rosen ... attorney
Steven Schraub ... stand in: / stand in: alec baldwin / stand in: christian slater
Allison Scott II ... production accountant
Jeff Seemann ... set production assistant
Alex Semerano ... tax & incentives accountant
Usman Shaikh ... finance legal
James Siderits ... stand-in: Christian Slater / stand-in: Alec Baldwin
Dennis Singletary ... loop group
Beau Stapleton ... attorney
Mark Sussman ... loop group
Theresa Sutera ... stand in: Taylor Schilling (as Theresa Cook)
Gabriella Weathersby ... production assistant
Sophia Weathersby ... key set production assistant
Tim Young ... production assistant
Warner Loughlin ... acting coach (uncredited)

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Every Story Matters. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • הציבור (Israel, English title)
  • Ein ganz gewöhnlicher Held (Germany)
  • La biblioteca (Spain)
  • Nieposłuszni (Poland)
  • パブリック 図書館の奇跡 (Japan, Japanese title)
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Runtime
  • 119 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $259,455, 07 Apr 2019

Did You Know?

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Trivia Ironically, the movie's release occurred when the real Cincinnati Public Library was being taken over by activists who were demanding the leadership not sell one of the downtown buildings. See more »
Goofs The correct spelling is arctic. See more »
Quotes Myra: You know, literally our biggest struggle here is knowing which side of right we're walking on, so... I mean, I wish all these problems could be solved by a community bake sale, but they can't. I do go home sometimes and just cry myself to sleep, because... well, we're only human, right? But not tonight. Because tonight is 'make dinner for my mama' night.
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