City Hall Reviews
I don't really know if the problem was with the script or its direction. I know I'm not the greatest John Cusack fan in the world (I find he's much better in comedy, like his sister Joan), but he had pretty good co-stars, whose talents were basically wasted, in Martin Landau, Anthony Franciosa and Danny Aiello (these guys were BORN for these roles and films, so on paper, this should have really worked out well). I had always wondered why this film had bombed so miserably, and now I know why. In cases like this, more should have been done to alter the story arc, just some basic tweaks, to make it more suspenseful and/or (though I usually balk at such 'Hollywood' tendencies) some romantic tension (a beauty such as Fonda's was misused--they may as well have hired someone else). All in all, a wasted opportunity that's worth a look if you like dramas about corruption--just don't go in with big expectations, and don't bother with a rewatch.
City Hall ranks 54% at Rotten Tomatoes, based on 24 reviews.
The movie debuted at number four at the United States box office.
According to the website Box Office Mojo, the film grossed an estimated $20 million in the U.S.
This was Becker's second collaboration with Pacino, having directed him in Sea of Love released seven years earlier
it is nothing special 2 watch, it is an alright movie 2 watch, its got a good soundtrack throughout this movie.....I think that this is a tough thriller movie 2 watch, its got a good cast throughout this movie.....I think that this is such a really well written/acted/directed movie 2 watch, it is nothing special 2 watch but it is such a tough thriller movie 2 watch with a good cast throughout this movie......
The Deputy Mayor is a simple and honest man from Louisiana that has been in awe of the mayor of New York City since he first met him in Washington; and since then, he's looked out for his best interest. A police officer accidentally shoots a boy and there appears to be some sort of corruption that led to the shooting. Why was the cop there to begin with? A cop shooting a boy looks really bad for the city, so the Deputy Mayor does his best to uncover why the cop was there and if he was truly corrupt. He discovers something that may change his view of New York City politics.
"You're a mean prick, you know that?"
"Where I come from that's a compliment."
Harold Becker, director of Mercury Rising, Sea of Love, Domestic Disturbance, Taps, Malice, Vision Quest, and The Onion Field, delivers City Hall. The storyline for this film is intricate, contains solid characters, is well written, and unfolds well. I loved the way New York was depicted and the interaction between characters. The acting was also very good and the cast includes John Cusack, Al Pacino, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aeillo, Martin Landau, and Lauren Velez.
"If a sparrow dies in Central Park, I feel responsible."
City Hall was a movie that grabbed my attention on HBOGO and I had to see based on the fantastic cast. I can say the acting was marvelous, but the plot was not as captivating as I had hoped. I did think the film is executed well, but there wasn't many surprises or dramatic sequences. Overall, this is above average just due to the wonderful cast, not due to the storyline. I recommend giving it a viewing but I wouldn't add it to my DVD collection.
"I'm willing to be lucky; and if you're willing to be lucky, New York will give you a chance."