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PG-13| 1 hr. 54 min.

Plot Summary
Simple security guard Sam (John Travolta) has lost his job at a museum, and in a fit of desperation, he returns and demands his boss, Mrs. Banks (Blythe Danner), rehire him. But he comes armed, and his plan goes awry when he accidentally shoots an ex-coworker and ends up with schoolchildren as hostages. Meanwhile, down-and-out TV reporter Brackett (Dustin Hoffman) is on scene to capture everything, thinking this suddenly huge story is his ticket back to the top of the news game.

Cast: John Travolta , Dustin Hoffman , Mia Kirshner , Alan Alda , Robert Prosky , Blythe Danner , William Atherton , Ted Levine

Director: Costa Gavras

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Mad City (1997)

Release Date: November 7th, 1997|1 hr. 54 min.

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  • Not for a minute is Mad City anything less than entertaining. Yet it becomes frustrating nonetheless. Its ideas gradually seem to be at cross-purposes -- not complex, not tantalizingly ambiguous, but tangled and undefined. show more

  • A blanket indictment like this has to be either satirically trenchant or a roundhouse punch to the gut. Tom Matthews' script takes a mushy middle ground, and the result seems less mad than just a bit addled or hacked off. [07Nov1997 Pg08.D] show more

  • Unfortunately, Mad City merely pumps up the volume on material that has already been picked clean. [07Nov1997 Pg 74] show more

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