City Hall

Overview

Harold Becker's urban political drama City Hall comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen image preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is an acceptable if average disc from Warner Bros. that is recommendable mostly because of its ...
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Overview

Harold Becker's urban political drama City Hall comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen image preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame transfer. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Subtitles are accessible in both of those languages as well. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is an acceptable if average disc from Warner Bros. that is recommendable mostly because of its inexpensive list price.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English, Français
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Director Harold Becker reunites with his Sea of Love star Al Pacino for this underrated gem of a political drama written by a trio of heavy-hitting screenwriters. Pacino is at his best in the role of a powerful man trying to do the right thing while compromising his values and integrity. A subplot involving Bridget Fonda seems to exist solely for the purpose of providing a love interest for the character played by John Cusack and detracts mightily from the film. Cusack struggles somewhat with his role of a naïve do-gooder who goes from starry-eyed idealism and hero-worship to sabotaging the object of his admiration perhaps too quickly, but his slightly underdeveloped character is a quibble in what is mostly an intelligent, probing film with much on its artistic mind. City Hall sank at the box office and was given a lukewarm critical reception; given the later success of television shows such as Spin City and The West Wing, perhaps the film was somewhat ahead of its time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • UPC: 053939252323
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,641

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Mayor John Pappas
John Cusack Kevin Calhoun
Bridget Fonda Marybeth Cogan
Danny Aiello Frank Anselmo
Martin Landau Judge Walter Stern
Anthony Franciosa Paul Zapatti
David Paymer Abe Goodman
Tony Lo Bianco Paul Zapatti
Richard Schiff Larry Schwartz
Lindsay Duncan Sydney Pappas
Nestor Serrano Det. Eddie Santos
Mel Winkler Detective Holly
Lauren Vélez Elaine Santos
Roberta Peters Nettie Anselmo
Angel David Vinnie Zapatti
Larry Romano Tino Zapatti
Rob La Belle Wakeley
Ray Aranha James Bone
Steve Aronson Murray Safire
Mark Lonow Lenny Lasker
Murphy Guyer Captain Florian
John Finn Commissioner Coonan
Tamara Tunie Leslie Christos
Fran Brill Angie
John Slattery Intel Detective, George
Miguel Sierra Israel Torres
Sylvia Kauders Gussie
Jordan Baker Mrs. Marquand
Joseph Kelly Hospital Priest
Harry Bugin Morty the Waiter
Mary Murphy Field Reporter
Edward I. Koch Newscaster
Stanley Anderson Train Conductor
Lucia Mendoza Elaine Santos' Sister
Richard Gant Deputy Commissioner Samuels
Brian Murray Corporation Council
Technical Credits
Harold Becker Director, Producer
David Bretherton Editor
Robert Franco Set Decoration/Design
Dean Garvin Asst. Director
Bo Goldman Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Robert Guerra Art Director
Richard Hornung Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Jones Editor
David Kelly Asst. Director
Steve Kirshoff Special Effects
Ken Lipper Producer, Screenwriter
John Lyons Casting
Thomas J. Mack Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Bernadette Mazur Makeup
Charles B. Mulvehill Producer
Jane Musky Production Designer
Nicholas Pileggi Screenwriter
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Paul Schrader Screenwriter
Michael Seresin Cinematographer
Glen Trotiner Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Jump To A Scene.
0. Jump To A Scene.
1. Incident in Brooklyn. [4:36]
2. "The city takes care if its own." [4:16]
3. A detour. [1:45]
4. Not kosher. [5:20]
5. Anselmo calls the tune. [4:05]
6. The closer at dinner. [4:23]
7. Bad vibes at breakfast. [4:39]
8. Plans that take politics. [4:00]
9. Mayors rule (If I Loved You). [5:01]
10. For the dead cop. [1:49]
11. A palace again. [6:06]
12. What menschkeit means. [2:56]
13. Who we gonna meet? [3:33]
14. Found money. [4:14]
15. Rendezvous with Zapatti. [3:51]
16. Fallen off the boat. [2:05]
17. Circling the wagons. [2:36]
18. Another report. [4:48]
19. The mayor's boy. [4:06]
20. Under the gun. [3:18]
21. The bullet's path. [3:26]
22. Horne for lunch. [3:07]
23. The right thing for a singer. [4:10]
24. You'll Never Walk Alone. [2:30]
25. One more door. [2:16]
26. Our color. [3:38]
27. What menschkeit really means. [2:38]
28. The line rubbed out. [3:35]
29. Willing to be lucky. [1:46]
30. End Credits. [6:34]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Incident in Brooklyn [4:36]
2. "The city takes care of its own" [4:16]
3. A detour [1:45]
4. Not kosher [5:20]
5. Anselmo calls the tune [4:05]
6. The closer at dinner [4:23]
7. Bad vibes at breakfast [4:39]
8. Plans that take politics [4:00]
9. Mayors rule (If I Loved You) [5:01]
10. For the dead cop [1:49]
11. A place again [6:06]
12. What mensckeit means [2:56]
13. Who we gonna meet? [3:33]
14. Found money [4:14]
15. Rendezvous with Zapatti [3:51]
16. Fallen of the boat [2:05]
17. Circling the wagons [2:36]
18. Another report [4:48]
19. The mayor's boy [4:06]
20. Under the gun [3:18]
21. The bullet's path [3:26]
22. Home for lunch [3:07]
23. The right thing for a singer [4:10]
24. You'll Never Walk Alone [2:30]
25. One more door [2:16]
26. Our color [3:38]
27. What menschkeit really means [2:38]
28. The line rubbed out [3:35]
29. Willing to be lucky [1:46]
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Menu

Main.
   Menu Group #1 with 30 chapter(s) covering 01:51:24
Languages.
Play Movie.
Side #2 -- Widescreen
   Jump To A Scene
      End Credits
   Languages
   Play Movie
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