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The Mean Season (1985)




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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 account of a murder he's committed and decides to use the journalist as his mouthpiece. As the killings continue, Anderson begins to receive national attention, and the Numbers Killer, motivated primarily by a desire for the limelight, becomes jealous, and decides to kidnap Anderson's girlfriend (Mariel Hemingway) to teach him a lesson. As he has with Anderson, the killer soon develops a relationship of sorts with the woman, and slowly reveals the workings of his bizarre personality while the police search desperately for the pair.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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Kurt Russell
as Malcolm Anderson
Mariel Hemingway
as Christine Connelly
Richard Jordan
as Alan Delour
Richard Masur
as Bill Nolan
Joe Pantoliano
as Andy Porter
Richard Bradford
as Phil Wilson
Andy Garcia
as Ray Martinez
Rose Portillo
as Kathy Vasquez
Marshall B. Gage
as SWAT Commander
William Smith
as Albert O'Shaughnessy
John Palmer
as Himself
Lee Sandman
as Harold Jacoby, Miam...
Dan Fitzgerald
as Carl Mason, Editor-...
Cynthia Caquelin
as Ruth Lowenstein, At...
Fred Ornstein
as Warren Phillips, At...
Fritz Bronner
as Peter Peterson, Rep...
Mike de Rienzo
as Everett Durfee, Rep...
Mike DeRienzo
as Everett Durfee, Rep...
Michael Clay
as Ray Sloane, Reporte...
Fred Buch
as John Burrows, Detec...
Bruce McLaughlin
as Leonard Pridmore, M...
Robert Apte
as Swat Commander
Rodney Barretto
as Swat Commander
Jill Beach
as TV Anchorman
Bill Rutherford
as TV Reporter
Peter Lundquist
as TV Reporter
Connie Hicks
as TV Reporter
George Rudolph
as WGBS Radio Newsman
Robert Small
as Bill Crawford
Nancy Duerr
as TV Newswoman
Mark Fields
as Reporter
Tim Minton
as Reporter
Mary Lou Simo
as Reporter
Tamara Jones
as Sarah Hooks
Joan Murphy
as Mrs. Hooks
Richard Liberty
as Mr. Hooks
Paul Nagel
as Jogger
Ann Browning
as Victim in Matheson H...
Jennifer Browning
as Victim's Infant
Bob Gwalty
as Psychiatrist
Robert Gwalty
as Psychiatrist
Christine Page
as Elementary School Te...
Joshua Segal
as Schoolboy
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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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