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The Mean Season (1985)

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. ... See full summary »

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Malcolm Anderson
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Christine Connelly
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Alan Delour
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Bill Nolan
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Phil Wilson
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Andy Porter
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Ray Martinez
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Kathy Vasquez
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John Palmer ...
Himself
Lee Sandman ...
Harold Jacoby
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Carl Mason
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Ruth Lowenstein
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Warren Phillips
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Peter Peterson
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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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He was a lead reporter...this was a lead story which led to death. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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15 February 1985 (USA)  »

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A Última Reportagem  »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,560,591 (USA) (18 February 1985)

Gross:

$4,349,446 (USA)
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Trivia

The film was passed on by several studios, before Orion Pictures optioned it, and finally released it in winter of 1985. See more »

Goofs

Malcolm and Christine have an argument at a restaurant, and Christine leaves. Malcolm waits to pay the bill then leaves. He sees the message "TOOK A CAB" written in the condensation on the windshield. This was supposedly written by Christine when she left, but at the beginning of the scene, before she leaves, we see a shot of the car with the message already written in the windshield. See more »

Quotes

Alan: For the most part, good behavior goes unnoticed. Oh nevermind, what do you care?
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Spoofs Psycho (1960) See more »

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Mean & Lean Floridian Crime Drama
30 April 2004 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** Superior crime drama set in South Florida during it's "mean season" when the winds pick up and the storms and hurricanes come rolling in and with them rolls in a serial killer who's more interested in publicity for his crimes then his victims who are a result of them.

Coming back from a vacation in Colorado Miami Journal reporter Malcolm Anderson, Kurt Russell, is assigned to the murder of teenager Sarah Hooks, Tamara Jones, who was found dead by the beach that morning. A few days after filing the story Malcolm gets a phone call at his desk at the Journal from someone claiming to be Sarah's killer.

Told by the caller a fact that is not known to the public about the crime Malcolm as well as the police officials Ray Martinez & Phil Wilson, Andy Garcia & Richard Bradford, that he got in touch with who were on the case realize that the caller is the real McCoy and begin to tape Malcolm's phone at the newspaper to identify and capture the killer. The killer, in his calls to Malcolm, tells him that he's duplicating a number of killings that he did some time ago and got no recognition for.It's later found out by someone who knew him Albert O'Shaughnessy, William Smith, that his name is Alan Delour, Richard Jordan, and that those killings were in Chicago a number of years ago.

The serial killer wants Malcolm to be his link to the outside world, via his newspaper to prove that he's the one who committing those crimes and tells Malcolm that there will be, like those that he didn't get credit for, five more killings before he's finished. As his murder spree continues it's Malcolm who's getting all the publicity and the killer feels cheated and takes it on on Malcolm for his failure to get him the recognition that he wanted. That leads in the killer kidnapping Malcolm's girlfriend Christine, Mariel Hemingway, and threatens to murder her.

One of the better crime dramas that came out of the 1980's thats smoothly paced and finely acted as the serial killer gets bolder and bolder with each killing to where he unnecessarily exposed himself, to Malcolm, in order to get his ego enhanced.

Malcolm's life becomes a horror as the killer starts to take it out on him for his overshadowing his actions which lead to Christine's kidnapping. Tense suspense murder drama with an unsuspecting ending makes "The Mean Season" a modern Film Noir classic.


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