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Story

This complex 1996 drama directed by Harold Becker (Sea of Love) attempts to explore big-city corruption and the flexibility of what's right and wrong in the political arena. John Cusack (Say Anything) plays the senior aide to mayor John Pappas (Al Pacino), a popular and seasoned politician whose administration is threatened when what seems to be an accidental shooting of a child reveals a nest of corruption and lifelong personal debts that tests Cusack's loyalty to the man he thought he knew. Pacino turns in a finely textured performance as a man who has his own lofty ideals, but whose pragmatism sets in motion a series of events with tragic results. Cusack admirably captures the essence of someone polished and savvy at his job who must cope with fundamental disillusionment. This political thriller suffers at times from a lack of focus, but still offers an insightful and poignant treatise on the quagmire of politics in the modern age and the human toll it sometimes exacts. --Robert Lane

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • DTS Surround Sound
  • Widescreen

Cast

Al PacinoMayor John Pappas
John CusackDeputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun
Bridget FondaMarybeth Cogan
Danny AielloFrank Anselmo
Martin LandauJudge Walter Stern
David PaymerAbe Goodman
Anthony FranciosaPaul Zapatti
Richard SchiffLarry Schwartz
Lindsay DuncanSydney Pappas
Nestor SerranoDet. Eddie Santos
John SlatteryDet. George

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Harold Becker
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 111 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 16, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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