Mad City Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for Mad City the Movie

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Out-of-work security guard Sam Baily (Travolta) goes postal, taking hostages in a museum while has-been journalist Max Brackett (Hoffman) manages to exploit Baily and hype the situation into a massive broadcast news event. The media circus that ensues provides social commentary on the questionable state of journalism. Drawing from famously explored material in numerous older films ("Network" and "All the President's Men") the subject is also enjoying a revival in current films ("Primary Colors" and "Wag the Dog"). Relationship between Max and Sam carries most interest in Costa-Gravas' intense drama, while uneven tone and script inadequacies hold back satisfying story development. Talented supporting cast (Alda, Danner, Kirshner, Prosky) have little to do.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 114 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Mass Media, Hostage!, Satire & Parody, Museums
Tom Matthews
John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Mia Kirshner, Alan Alda, Blythe Danner, Robert Prosky, William Atherton, Ted Levine, Bill Nunn
Patrick Blossier
Constantin Costa-Gavras
Thomas Newman
Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Wolfgang Glattes, Jonathan D. Krane, Punch Productions, Warner Bros.

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