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The Mean Season (1985)

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Release Date: Feb 15, 1985 Wide

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Canadian actor/director Philip Borsos made a couple of interesting films before an untimely death in his early forties, including The Grey Fox (1982) and this crime thriller starring Kurt Russell as police beat reporter Malcolm Anderson. Happily abandoning the Miami Daily for which he's labored for years, he takes a job on a small town paper hoping to take life in the slow lane for a time. Of course, he's soon caught up in a career-making story, after a serial killer (Richard Jordan) likes his

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May 22, 2001

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A gripping thriller that also challenges us to contemplate the ethical responsibilities of journalists.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Unsatisfying mix of "Red Dragon" and "Absence of Malice"

September 11, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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.
September 25, 2012
Dann Michalski

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    1. Alan Delour: [on the phone with Anderson] Ever try to describe a-a smell?
    2. Malcolm Anderson: [pauses]...Why?
    3. 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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