Before making their Oscar-winning film The Usual Suspects, director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie made their first film -- this low-budget independent feature and Grand Jury Prize winner at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. Public Access examines the power and dangers of mass media consumption upon a small-town community. Ron Marquette plays Whiley Pritcher, a stranger in the small community of Brewster, who lands a job as the host of a local public access call-in show. On his program he asks the simple question "What's wrong with Brewster?" and gets all manner of call-in complaints -- from discrimination at the school to political corruption at the town hall. Soon, Whiley becomes a local celebrity and an arbiter of public opinion. As his power grows, he makes a pact with Bob Hodges (Burt Williams), Brewster's mayor, and begins an affair with Rachel (Dina Brooks), the town librarian.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama,Thriller
- Run Time: 87min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 01/20/1998
- DVD Release Date: 08/31/1999
- Distributor(s): Vanguard
- Themes: Small-Town Life
- Tone: Talky,Chilly,Menacing,Cerebral,Enigmatic
celebrity, corruption, discrimination, job, stars [celebrities], stranger
- Language: English