CITY HALL
1996, Warner Bros. , 111 min, Dir: Harold Becker

Academy Award winner Al Pacino stars as New York City mayor John Pappas, a populist leader who harbors ambitions for the presidency. Brilliant young strategist Kevin Calhoun (John Cusack) serves as the mayor's idealistic deputy – but their office comes under fire after a shootout between a hero cop and a Mafia-connected drug dealer leaves a small child dead. Also starring Academy Award winner Martin Landau, Bridget Fonda and Danny Aiello, this taut political thriller reveals the dirty little secrets of democracy and the pursuit of power at any price.


MALICE
1993, Warner Bros., 107 min, Canada/USA, Dir: Harold Becker

A love triangle is fueled by an insurance scam in this contemporary thriller set in a New England college town. Associate dean Andy Safian (Bill Pullman) and wife Tracy (Nicole Kidman) could use some extra money to renovate their new home; when hot-shot surgeon Jed Hill (Alec Baldwin) arrives looking for a room to rent, it seems like the perfect solution. But when Tracy needs emergency surgery, it results in a malpractice suit against Hill - who may not be what he seems. The outstanding cast includes Anne Bancroft, George C. Scott, Bebe Neuwirth and Gwyneth Paltrow.


SEA OF LOVE
1989, Universal, 113 min, USA, Dir: Harold Becker

Burned-out New York City detective Frank Keller (Al Pacino) gets the call when a man is found murdered with a 45 of the song “Sea of Love” at his bedside. Among Keller’s few leads is a personals ad that had been placed by the victim; teaming up with another investigator (John Goodman) working a similar case, they place an ad of their own. Among the women it attracts is Helen Cruger (Ellen Barkin), and though she can’t be eliminated as a suspect, Keller begins a relationship with her. There’s terrific chemistry among the leads (Pacino earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance), and this hit erotic thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.


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