IT STARTED WITH A SHOOTOUT ON A RAINSWEPT STREET AND ENDED IN A SCANDAL THAT SHATTERED NEW YORK CITY.
When a cop, a criminal and a little boy are shot to death on a NYC street, Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack) becomes interested in the case and its peculiar details. Based upon experiences made by former NYC Deputy Mayor Ken Lipper, this film puts Cusack’s character right between a mayor (Al Pacino) that he’s supposed to serve and several prominent people in the city who are caught in a web of corruption. Short on surprises, but the drama nevertheless maintains a decent level of tension. The cast is engaging, with a perfect part for Pacino as the cocky mayor.
1996-U.S. 111 min. Color. Directed by Harold Becker. Screenplay: Ken Lipper, Paul Schrader, Nicholas Pileggi, Bo Goldman. Cast: Al Pacino (John Pappas), John Cusack (Kevin Calhoun), Bridget Fonda (Marybeth Cogan), Danny Aiello, Martin Landau, David Paymer. Cameo: Ed Koch.
Trivia: Lipper served under Koch when he was mayor.