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Plot: The accidental shooting of a boy in New York leads to an investigation by the Deputy Mayor, and unexpectedly far-reaching consequences.
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Being a huge fan of Al Pacino (from the likes of ‘Heat’, the ‘Godfather’ movies, and ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ especially) and having had a huge crush on Bridget Fonda (‘Single White Female’, anyone?) back in the day (Peter Fonda’s famous daughter was named 85th sexiest star in film history, and Mrs. Danny Elfman hasn’t been involved in film, unfortunately, since 2002), I was hugely disappointed in this film, especially since I had loved director Harold Becker’s previous ‘Sea of Love’, which also starred Pacino. The first half was decent and involving, but it kind of slid off the rails, interest-wise for me, the rest of the way and got too talky and uninspired.
I don’t really know if the problem was with the script or its direction. I know I’m not the greatest John Cusack fan in the world (I find he’s much better in comedy, like his sister Joan), but he had pretty good co-stars, whose talents were basically wasted, in Martin Landau, Anthony Franciosa and Danny Aiello (these guys were BORN for these roles and films, so on paper, this should have really worked out well). I had always wondered why this film had bombed so miserably, and now I know why. In cases like this, more should have been done to alter the story arc, just some basic tweaks, to make it more suspenseful and/or (though I usually balk at such ‘Hollywood’ tendencies) some romantic tension (a beauty such as Fonda’s was misused–they may as well have hired someone else). All in all, a wasted opportunity that’s worth a look if you like dramas about corruption–just don’t go in with big expectations, and don’t bother with a rewatch.
Saw this one maybe 20 years ago and for whatever reason had a hankering to check it out again. Not great or ambitious as it sounds and pacing was a bit off, but in general found it engaging and had solid performances. I do wonder how much better it could have been under someone like Scorsese. **3.5/5**
A great film, very underrated, never outdated
This is one of the best crime-drama movies during the late 1990s. It was filled with a great cast, a powerful storyline, and many of the players involved gave great performances. Pacino was great; he should have been nominated for something. John Cusack was good too, as long as the viewer doesn’t mind his Louuu-siana accent. He may come off as annoying if you can’t stand this dialect. The way that Pacino’s character interacted with Cusack’s character was believable, dramatic, and slightly comical at times. Danny Aiello was superb as always. David Paymer was great in a supporting role. Bridget Fonda was good but not memorable. There were times when this picture mentioned so many characters, probably too many. It may take a second viewing to remember, “which Zapatti was which?” After so many cross-references, one has to stop and think just to recap. The ending didn’t have a lot of sting. It was built up for so long and then was a bit of a letdown. This was one of the few problems with the film. Since the movie wasn’t billed as a “huge, blockbuster” big screen hit, it made some forget that this movie even existed. Pacino and Aiello were great but the film’s lack of “splash” in the theaters may have accounted for no nominations. It was semi-successful in the home market, and viewers are still learning that this title is out there. Made in 1996, it still stands up today and will remain popular for many years to come.
So, make yourself some lemon pudding (you’ll see) and see this movie!
Complex but Worth Repeated Viewings
I read the negative comments before viewing this film and undeterred, went ahead and started watching. I admit that I had to rewind quite a few times as the film is incredibly complex, involved and full of detail. That is a good thing but also, quite unexpected in this culture of car chases, explosions, gratuitous sex and general violence that substitute for plot and character development. In fact, what a welcome departure, however, I am so used to not paying a lot of attention to what I watch.
This film is chock full of character development and plot line; the kind that we used to analyze when I was in high school. It requires actual mental participation on the part of the viewer. What a nice change. I would compare it to ‘All The President’s Men’ in terms of generic subject matter. That is, it is a mystery about intense misconduct on the part of elected officials and those with enough influence upon officials to essentially ‘own’ them.
Unlike ‘All The President’s Men’, this film makes an effort to give a couple of the characters actual personality. In this sense the movie is a character study like ‘The Negotiatior’ with Samuel Jackson and Kevin Spacey. In that movie, their characters are both city employees and the plot is extremely intense. Yet, the plot is dependent on the ability of their characters to cooperate with each other, trust each, and ultimately unite together against the corrupt Police Department. There is more gun fire in this film and the specific plot is different but generically, there are many similarities.
I WILL say that City Hall requires a whole lot more concentration. In fact, I was struck how parallel it was to past and present political scandals I’ve seen in my life going back to Watergate. The thing is, the public knows that something is wrong, for sure! but following the details is hard to do. This movie is not even close to being as complex as real life but it actually is realistic to life in its complexity. I think that is one of the reasons that previous posters have criticized the film: unrealistic expectations.
If one watches this knowing what they are about to see and are up to the experience, it really is excellent! I watched it 3 times in a row! The acting is superb and the directing is flawless. The weakest link is John Cusak’s accent.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 51 min (111 min)
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director Harold Becker
Writer Ken Lipper, Paul Schrader, Nicholas Pileggi, Bo Goldman
Actors Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures Corporation
Sound Mix SDDS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color) (prints)
Film Length 2,941 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm