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City Hall
     

City Hall

Director: Harold Becker, Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda

Cast: Harold Becker, Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda

 

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Three A-list screenwriters -- (Nicholas Pileggi, Bo Goldman, and Paul Schrader) -- contributed to the script of this idealistic political drama. John Pappas (Al Pacino) is the popular, ethical Mayor of New York; Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack) is his even more idealistic and principled deputy. When a detective and mobster kill each other and an innocent six-year-old black

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Three A-list screenwriters -- (Nicholas Pileggi, Bo Goldman, and Paul Schrader) -- contributed to the script of this idealistic political drama. John Pappas (Al Pacino) is the popular, ethical Mayor of New York; Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack) is his even more idealistic and principled deputy. When a detective and mobster kill each other and an innocent six-year-old black child in a shootout, questions arise about what the cop was doing meeting with the gangster in the first place. The Mayor and his staff handle the situation ably, but Calhoun digs deeper and finds troubling evidence that even his seemingly incorruptible boss has not escaped the shadier aspects of political life. The Mafia boss (Tony Franciosa) whose nephew was the dead gangster, along with a Brooklyn political boss (Danny Aiello) with his own agenda, come into the story, becoming part of a series of larger links, secret relationships, and bonds of "honor" between men who, on the surface, would have no reason to be in business with each other.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/1997
UPC:
0043396773332
Original Release:
1996

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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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