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The Mean Season (1985)

When a teenager is shot at the beach, a journalist from The Miami Journal is sent to cover the story. He's called by the murderer and told there'll be four more.

Director:

Phillip Borsos

Writers:

John Katzenbach (novel), Christopher Crowe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Malcolm Anderson
Mariel Hemingway ... Christine Connelly
Richard Jordan ... Alan Delour
Richard Masur ... Bill Nolan
Richard Bradford ... Phil Wilson
Joe Pantoliano ... Andy Porter
Andy Garcia ... Ray Martinez
Rose Portillo Rose Portillo ... Kathy Vasquez
William Smith ... Albert O'Shaughnessy
John Palmer John Palmer ... Self
Lee Sandman Lee Sandman ... Harold Jacoby
Dan Fitzgerald ... Carl Mason
Cynthia Caquelin Cynthia Caquelin ... Ruth Lowenstein
Fred Ornstein ... Warren Phillips
Fritz Bronner ... Peter Peterson
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Storyline

Malcolm Anderson is a reporter for a Miami newspaper. He's had enough of reporting the local murders and so promises his school teacher girlfriend (Christine), they'll move away soon. Before Malcolm can hand in his notice, the murderer from his latest article phones him. The murderer tells Malcolm that he's going to kill again. The phone calls and murders continue, soon Malcolm finds that he's not just reporting the story, he is the story. Written by Rob Hartill

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For reporter Malcolm Anderson, it's the story of a lifetime. But getting it could cost him his career ...And her life. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to website 'Wikipedia',"The Mean Season is named after the term of the same name, that refers to a pattern of weather that occurs in Florida during the late summer months. Hot mornings with sticky weather, lead into violent thunderstorms that blow in from the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico in the afternoon. However, the rain doesn't alleviate the heat, and only makes things hotter that evening. This cycle repeats every day for a month". See more »

Goofs

"Kidnapped" is misspelled (as "Kidnaped") in the Miami Journal headline the day after Delour takes Malcolm's girlfriend. See more »

Quotes

Christine: I've gotten so far away that leaving is just a formality, Malcolm.
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Connections

Features Trap Happy (1946) See more »

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Decent Thriller
24 June 2005 | by jmorrison-2See all my reviews

Decent enough movie, with an absolutely menacing performance by Richard Jordan as the sick, deluded serial killer.

Kurt Russell was...just okay. I couldn't quite figure out what he was getting at. He was burnt out in his job with the newspaper in Miami. He seemed to be craving just the situation that he found himself in. Conversing with a serial killer, and writing about it; Having a literal front row seat at the story of the year; being the central figure in a national story; "approaching pulitzer territory". However, Russell erupted into attitude with just about everybody he came into contact with. At one point, he's smugly satisfied to have found himself to be so deeply involved in an emerging story of a sadistic serial killer, then he snaps at the killer when events aren't turning out favorably. This doesn't seem like the emotional response you would expect from a seasoned reporter. A serial killer is doing something like this just to play with the heads of authority. To expect him to behave rationally is naive and foolish.

However, Russell gamely does generally well with the character, and there are effectively troubling and suspenseful aspects to the film. The subject of newspaper ethics is broached and discussed, although I'm not sure all that effectively.

Andy Garcia, Richard Bradford and Richard Masur were excellent.

Mariel Hemingway was absolutely terrible. She either was giggling, looking completely bewildered, or hysterical. Granted, the script gave her little else to do, but a creative actress could have made something out of it. She completely distracted me every time she was on screen. Just a terrible job.

All in all, a decent, flawed movie with a first-rate performance by Jordan. He made the movie worth it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mean Season See more »

Filming Locations:

Dade County, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,560,591, 18 February 1985

Gross USA:

$4,349,446

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,349,446
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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