City Hall (1996)



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This tragic drama explores the rotten core of Big Apple city politics. The city's naïve, idealistic deputy mayor and his more flamboyant boss attempt to unravel a complicated tangle of lies, corruption and bureaucracy after a confrontation between a drug dealer and an off-duty narcotics cop goes horribly awry leaving three people dead, one of them a six-year old African-American child. The city residents are outraged and vehemently protest the police actions while the city fathers scramble to … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Schrader, Nicholas Pileggi, Bo Goldman, Ken Lipper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 27, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Mayor John Pappas

as Paul Zapatti

as Kevin Calhoun

as Marybeth Cogan

as Frank Anselmo

as Judge Walter Stern

as Abe Goodman

as Paul Zapatti

as Sydney Pappas

as Elaine Santos

as Larry Schwartz

as Det. Eddie Santos

as Deputy Commissioner ...

as Wakeley

as Commissioner Coonan

as Det. Holly

as Vinnie Zapatti

as Intel Detective Geor...

as Randy Santos

as Nettie Anselmo

as Tino Zapatti

as Wakeley

as James Bone

as James Bone Jr.

as Peter Ragan

as Murray Safire

as Hospital Priest

as Seymour Harris

as Lenny Lasker

as Captain Florian

as Leslie Christos

as Angie

as Corporation Council

as Intel Detective Jaim...

as Israel Torres

as Sen. Marquand

as Mrs. Marquand

as Billy, 'Carousel'

as Julie, 'Carousel'

as Hospital Priest

as Morty the Waiter

as Prosecutor

as Field Reporter

as Field Reporter

as Field Reporter

as Field Reporter

as Field Reporter

as Field Reporter

as Field Reporter

as Field Reporter

as Field Reporter

as Newscaster

as Newscaster

as Newscaster

as Newscaster

as Train Conductor

as Floyd Diner Waitress

as Elaine Santos' Siste...

as Gracie Mansion Butle...

as Female Vocalist

as Male Vocalist

as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for City Hall

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15)

Its chief pleasure is the acting of the big cast, notably Pacino. At 55, he has a haggard, life-wrestling beauty and a street eloquence that has more innocence than De Niro and more sincerity than Nicholson.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Top Critic

A watchable but never pulsating portrait of mayoral wheeling-dealing.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Entertainment Weekly
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San Francisco Chronicle
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Detroit News
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for City Hall

More like Shitty Hall.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


The acting is fairly good all around in this solid suspense film, but the script is a little too uninvolving to rise above a level of mediocrity. Pacino is superb, of course, performing with a range of emotions most actors can only dream of.

Mike T.

Super Reviewer


I have to say, I do like my political thrillers like the next person, but human interest and direct emotional connection must always be the primary concern of a movie, i my opinion. This one is just a mess and a confused and entangled heap of intrigue and chess, with no room for the characters to breath and spread the human energy. A stale and dry offering which never clicks, despite the good cast.

Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

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