City Hall (1996)
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 protect their political careers. … More
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Critic Reviews for City Hall
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.
Has all the ingredients for a solid drama but instead comes out a half-baked disappointment.
Audience Reviews for City Hall
A political thriller done good. It's all about the performances and it's all about New York, in all its seedy glory. All of the performances are good but you'd expect nothing less from such a talented cast. Pacino does however steal the show. The ending lets it down somewhat but it's easy to watch and it will be having you do the accent for hours later.More
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.More
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.More
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