Actors: Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello, Martin Landau, David Paymer
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about City Hall|
|Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun (Cusack) is utterly devoted to his boss, John Pappas (Pacino), the popular Mayor of New York who seems to be doing a great job. But a big can of worms opens up after a little boy is accidentally shot during a shootout between a narcotics detective and a mob family member. Urged on by the attorney for the detective's widow and family (a fairly small and meaningless role for Fonda), Calhoun starts digging for information, and discovers the mobster was out on the streets after having clearly violated his probation. The trail leads through a judge caught taking bribes and causes Calhoun to question nearly everything he has believed. Despite a good cast (especially Pacino, and Aiello as a borough political chief), and tinkering by some top veteran screenwriters such as Paul Schrader, Bo Goldman, and Nicholas Pileggi, this 1996 political thriller is but so-so and is easily forgotten.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 70%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Time/Era of Movie:
- govt officials abusing power
Crime & Police Story?
Criminal enemy is...
- govt employee
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- short/standard straight (man)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Black)
- (man) short/standard wavy
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- New York
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately messy visuals of dead
Movie makes you feel...
How many deaths in film?
Kind of violence:
- hand to hand
- Some foul language
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