The Mean Season (1985)
In this suspenseful crime thriller as much about the news media and the psychology of its reporters as the warped mind of a serial killer, Kurt Russell stars as Malcolm Anderson, the only reporter who has a phone link with Alan Delour (Richard Jordan), the deranged murderer. Set in Miami and based on the novel In the Heat of the Summer by crime reporter John Katzenbach, the story opens with a scene on a deserted beach that focuses on a victim of the killer, just before she is shot. Reporter Anderson starts writing up accounts of the killing, and as a result, the killer starts telephoning him with the details of his next murder, without giving away the identity of the victim. Soon the reporter gains as much national attention as the killer, and his involvement becomes a part of the story itself. Succumbing to the ego-enhancing spotlight, Malcolm runs into serious problems with his live-in companion Christine Connelly (Mariel Hemingway) who tries to warn him of his increasingly egocentric behavior. When Christine is kidnapped by the serial killer, Malcolm is not only forced to take a hard look at reality (and the cunning manipulation of the killer), but is compelled to hunt down the murderer himself. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Mean Season
A gripping thriller that also challenges us to contemplate the ethical responsibilities of journalists.
Unsatisfying mix of "Red Dragon" and "Absence of Malice"
Audience Reviews for The Mean Season
A disappointing and lackluster thriller, The Mean Season fails to deliver. Based on a novel, the film follows a burnt-out reporter who catches the story of his life when he's contacted by a serial killer who wants to use him as his messenger to the public. Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, and Andy Garcia lead the cast, but give bland and uninspired performances; especially Hemingway, whose acting is dreadful. Additionally, the storytelling is weak and lacks any suspense or intrigue. And, while there's an interesting theme of reporters effecting and becoming the news, it's not executed very well. The Mean Season is a poorly made crime thriller that lacks passion and intensity.More
The Mean Season Quotes
- Alan Delour:
- [on the phone with Anderson] Ever try to describe a-a smell?
- Malcolm Anderson:
- Alan Delour:
- Ummm......You're going to smell something that's going to test your writing abilities. It has a sweetness to it, and uh,..at the same time it reaches into your body and twists your insides. But the odd thing is that once you smell it, you know exactly what it is, without having to look. 651, Nautilus,...got that?
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