City Hall (1996)

 


 

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The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences. Full summary »

Genre: Drama,Thriller

City Hall (1996)
   
Release Date: 16 February 1996 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Harold Becker
Cast:
  • Al Pacino
  • John Cusack
  • Bridget Fonda
  • Danny Aiello
  • Martin Landau
  • David Paymer
  • Anthony Franciosa
  • Richard Schiff
  • Lindsay Duncan
  • Nestor Serrano
  • Mel Winkler
  • Lauren Vélez
  • Chloe Morris
  • Ian Quinlan
  • Roberta Peters


17 Responses to City Hall (1996)

  1. rahulicon_99
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    city hall was well written, having colorful characters working at different levels, but it suffered due to a direction which could’nt transfer the documents into an interesting visual treatment – agreed or disagreed?

  2. catnip4me
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    I just bought this movie on DVD and the entire thing is in b & w, yet the details on IMDb say it’s color. Should I return it to the store as defective or is it really a b & w flick? (I’d never seen it before, so I don’t know what the color format really is).

    Lord, let me be the person my dog thinks I am.

  3. schinaro
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    I think this scene killed the whole movie. I’m not saying it wasn’t well acted by Pacino but it was unnessasary and in no way believable that the family of the murdered boy would buy Pacino’s political soapbox with with the OTT performance.

    If they had retaliated against him it would have made more sense rather than make Pacino an invincible character. For what it’s worth his performance of the Mayor I thought was untouchable on speech without this sequence

  4. AmericanMovieFan
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    Reminiscent of "the Contender" or a more truncated, over-simplified "the Wire" (political portions). Not sure why it’s disappeared.

    Brian Peppers is my Homeboy

  5. jwells-7
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    I loved the movie, which is not unusual for me because I have always been intrigued by New York City politics. I am a southerner too, and one of the best things about the movie was that a southern boy, from Louisiana no doubt, became Deputy Mayor. I thought that was neat. I also thought that it was neat that they made him a Calhoun, a very common southern name, i.e Vice President and Senator John Calhoun.

  6. ronniepaige
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    I would give it a 90, but I was wondering what other people thought.

    signed a fan of Booby Dupes (Moe Howard)

  7. darkknightsds
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    just terrible. pacino goes soft and it’s implied he resigns?

    in real life cusack’s character gets fired, and pacino’s goes on with his career.

    "Half"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8DYJvI4Me0

  8. bruce-129
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    Kevin Calhoun: The only thing new about this world is the history we don’t know.



    Is that a great quote or what?

  9. Generic_Name99
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    Just finished watching the movie, and I’m like o_O …

    **SPOILERS**

    Why did Anselmo kill himself?

    What did Pacino do wrong?

    What was the convention thing?

    What about the 40,000 dollars and the cop?

    How were Anselmo and the mafia guy connected?

    What happened to Pacino?

    Overall, I found this movie as a dissapointment.

  10. goha
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    Although not that unusual these days, back in 1996 the lack of any credits at the beginning of City Hall was quite noticeable. Well, at least to this frequent cinemagoer.

    The credits play out in full, beginning with the main title, producers, starring, screenplay, director etc at the end before the usual credit scroll.

    Apart from Se7en which is intentionally backwards, was this the first film to be set out this way ?

    The movie was rumoured to have had a difficult shoot and trouble in the editing process and studio interference may have left the original start of the move so changed and chopped up that the credits had to be stuck on the end.

    Anyway, just a thought.

  11. thomas-bird
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    I really liked this movie alot. The story was riveting, the performances were flawless, and the directing was great. Quite possibly the best performance of John Cusack’s career.

  12. vicky_lc2001-1
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    I’ve been going around and posting this link on every Pacino movie on this board. The video has affected me THAT much, it honestly was the most beautiful video I’ve seen of his. So please take the time to watch it and rate it. Much appreciated.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_zdggAycnk&feature=related

    Whenever I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until it passes.

  13. FogettaBoutIt
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    so okay is it saying that the mayor knew about the investigation by the police officer?

  14. briantrash
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    Does anyone understand why Anselmo was indicted along with the judge? I don’t recall that any wrongdoing had been attributed to him.

    Throughout the movie, the only illegal/unethical activities he participated in were: 1) arranging to have the $40,000 planted on Eddie Santos’ property and 2) asking the mayor to put pressure on the judge to give probation instead of a jail sentence. However, no one at City Hall but the mayor was aware of #2, and as far as I can tell, no one ever found out about #1.

    So, at what point was Anselmo implicated in the judge scandal, and why?

  15. ChuckTaylor
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    The story loses momentum in the last 15 minutes of the film. I wish they would have put a little more emphasis on the mayor wanting to sweep the original probabtion report under the rug when it came back to city hall after Frank Anselmo’s suicide. That seemed to be the moment where Calhoun knew the mayor to be involved, but the idea got lost in the shuffle. That lack of resolution was the only element that hurt the film … causing it to go from a great film to a good film.

  16. ciaransw
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    Hey i was wonderin wats that song the girl is singin and wat musical they are at in this film?

  17. ryanatgeekside
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    I just watched this movie, and there are points that I just do not get.

    Why did Danny Ailleo’s character commit suicide?

    What did Al Pacino’s character do in regards of paperwork, did he sign the document?

    Was what he did illegal and why did John Cusack’s character not say anything?

    What was the $40,000 doing in the shack, and was the cop actually innocent?

    Thank you!

    ry/

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