The Mean Season (1985)


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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Leon Piedmont, Christopher Crowe
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
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as Christine Connelly

as Alan Delour

as Bill Nolan

as Andy Porter

as Phil Wilson

as Ray Martinez

as Kathy Vasquez

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as Swat Commander

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as TV Anchorman

as TV Reporter

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as WGBS Radio Newsman

as Bill Crawford

as TV Newswoman

as Reporter

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as Sarah Hooks

as Mrs. Hooks

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Critic Reviews for The Mean Season

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 7, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 22, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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

September 11, 2003
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

August 8, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Starts off really good and then really makes me lose interest about an hour in. The killer keeps building up to essentially nothing. I kept waiting for this insane plot twist, but nothing happens really, other than the predictable ending sequence (I won't even bother calling that a twist). So it's good for the first half of the film, but then just dies. Thankfully Kurt Russell's awesomeness helps to make this movie watchable at least. He helps to partially nullify the terrible supporting cast, especially the useless love interest, who's only purpose is to get kidnapped. Could have been a lot better.

Serial Killers before serial killers was cool. Russell is very good, Hemingway is too, but their chemistry could be better. The villian is excellent

Scott R

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