Public Access (1993)
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as Whiley Pritcher
as Bob Hodges
as Jeff Abernathy
as Mayor Breyer
as Kevin Havey
as Intersect Host
as Jock Talk Host
as Second Cop
as Cameraman 1
as First Cop
as Cameraman 2
as Tatting Tales Hostess
as Drug Dealer
as Man With Baby
as Mayor's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for Public Access
[Public Access] is serious-minded and bounces around some provocative ideas, but is vague about such important matters as key story points, motivation and overriding theme.
It's engrossing, and Marquette is a genuinely scary customer, a dry-cleaned all-American sociopath.
An uneasy film which sets the viewer up for some surprises and delivers on that promise. Let down, however, by a weak cast of unknowns.
As it stands, liberals will feel like the butt of a politically incorrect joke, and conservatives will refuse to recognize Whiley as a kindred spirit. The apolitical will be put off by the director's arty footwork in the service of shadow-satire.
Whiley Pritcher is about as pure evil as you are going to see on the screen. Ron Marquette achieves a high level of creepiness in this performance and the rest of the actors are also quite good.
Audience Reviews for Public Access
In 1995, director Bryan Singer delivered one of the finest crime films - not too mention one of cinema's killer twists - in "The Usual Suspects". Before that, he cut his teeth on this low-budget, independant suspense tale. Whiley Pritcher (Ron Marquette) is an enigmatic stranger who arrives in the small American town of 'Brewster' and starts up a public television show asking the local residents "what's wrong with Brewster?" Not before long, the residents are all calling in, revealing secrets about their neighbours and causing dark fueds, in this once idyllic town. Although this film was done in the early 90's it has a very dated 80's look to it. Despite this, you can still see the early promise from Bryan Singer. It's competantly shot and achieves quite an eerie feel to the whole thing. This little tale would have made a great Twilight Zone episode but as a feature length film, it doesn't quite have enough in the tank for it to hold your interest over a short but somehow protracted 87mins running time. Amature acting is a major letdown also but it's always interesting to see where a career began and Singer certainly shows flourishes of his crime classic to come. It builds slowly and assuredly and it's intriguing premise draws you in, but it ultimately loses it's way and ends with a wimper.
Bryan Singer's debut feature showed no signs of what was to come two years later with The Usual Suspects. This slow moving indie is mostly pointless with a bit of shock value in the last half hour that does little to redeem itself.
Public Access, as a feature film, seems far from finished, as if it needs another run or two through the editing room.
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