The Mean Season [DVD]
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|Genre||Mystery & Thrillers|
|Format||Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Letterboxed|
|Contributor||John Palmer, Lawrence Turman, Mariel Hemingway, William Smith, Andy Garcia, David Foster, Rose Portillo, Steve Perry, Richard Jordan, Lee Sandman, Richard Bradford, Phillip Borsos, Kurt Russell, Duwayne Dunham, Dan Fitzgerald, Leon Piedmont, Richard Masur, Joe Pantoliano, Frank Tidy, John Katzenbach See more|
|Number Of Discs||1|
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In the middle of its storm-riddled summer, Miami must face a new monster: a psychopath whose one objective is to gain fame through murder. Kurt Russell, Richard Jordan and Mariel Hemingway give performances as blistering as the Florida heat in this never dull parable of American ambition (New York) that combines an intriguing premise and provocative subject matter [into] a suspenseful thriller (Boxoffice) with 'real chills (Newsweek)! An article on the killingof a teenage girl has brought burnt-out Miami Herald Reporter Malcolm Anderson (Russell) a powerful new fan...the killer himself. Encouraged by the police to maintain this anonymous relationship, Malcolm receives exclusives on two more killings. But as Malcolm's own celebrity grows, the killer's jealousy prompts him to up the stakesby abducting the reporter's fiancÃ(c)e (Hemingway) as his own testament to the price of fame!
Kurt Russell and Mariel Hemingway star in this well-above-average thriller. Mean Season offers plenty of suspense as well as an interesting take on the role of the press in sustaining the very violence it covers. Russell plays Malcolm Anderson, a burned-out journalist who never got the big career-making story he always wanted. Just as he's about to give up and move to the idyllic countryside, the big story comes to him--in the form of a serial killer with a fixation for Anderson himself. As Anderson's fame grows, he starts getting hounded by his brethren, the press. Add this to the assorted problems that go along with having a serial killer a little too interested in one's personal life, and you've got major trouble. Director Phillip Borsos does a nice job of conveying information through quick visuals, and even sets up some moments of eerie beauty, such as the shot of a victim's apartment, covered in a snowfall of pillow feathers. More importantly, Borsos knows he's making a thriller and makes sure to have fun doing it: there are plenty of loooooong shadows and a few good jolts along the way. As Anderson's girlfriend, Mariel Hemingway is essentially asked to play bait, but manages to flesh out what could easily have been a cardboard character. --Ali Davis
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Phillip Borsos
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Letterboxed
- Run time : 1 hour and 43 minutes
- Release date : May 22, 2001
- Actors : Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Jordan, Richard Masur, Richard Bradford
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French
- Producers : David Foster, Lawrence Turman, Steve Perry
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : MGM (Video & DVD)
- ASIN : B000059TGB
- Writers : John Katzenbach, Leon Piedmont
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #84,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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There several reasons for watching this film. The first one is Kurt Russel portraying a journalist who turns into a media event by virtue of being a spokesman of sorts for a serial killer. The second reason to watch this is to see Mariel Hemingway as a girlfriend getting pushed off the stage by her boyfriend's celebrity status. She looks less like a fashion model cum actress and more like a typically american girlfriend. The third reason to watch this is for the serial killer, who is cunning and who is less a demon and more a predatory stalker. Finally we have a cameo by Andy Garcia and Miami cops who walk and talk more like street cops and less like FBI superheroes of the nineties. But the real reson to see this is the edge of he seat suspense and false alarms which at times misfire, but turn this film into a top notch thriller and a valuable addition to any film collection!!!
Top reviews from other countries
crusading journalist.Different side to Miami.
Heavy atmosphere throuout.
Good Value product