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Weapons of Mass Distraction (1997)

Two media moguls get into a nasty power struggle for the ownership of a pro football team which takes a drastic effect on their personal and professional lives.

Director:

Stephen Surjik

Writer:

Larry Gelbart
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Lionel Powers
Ben Kingsley ... Julian Messenger
Mimi Rogers ... Ariel Powers (aka Alexi)
Jeffrey Tambor ... Alan Blanchard
Illeana Douglas ... Rita Pascoe
Paul Mazursky ... Dr. Jonathon Cummings
Chris Mulkey ... Jerry Pascoe
R. Lee Ermey ... Billy Paxton
Caroline Aaron ... Robin Zimmer
Jason Lee ... Phillip Messenger
Christina Pickles ... Mrs. Frieda Messinger
Tom Wright ... Marvel Sears
Randall Arney Randall Arney ... Sen. Quentin Sayles
Ben Bode ... Peter Messenger
L. Scott Caldwell ... Sen. Condon
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Storyline

Two media moguls vie for ownership of a pro football team, at first they play by their own rules of fair game but then it gets dirty. In an attempt to out do one another each one makes it more personal as their own greed and ambition takes their toll on their families, companies and employees. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, and depiction of a suicide | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A tömegpusztítás fegyverei See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Lionel Powers: I'll see you in Hell!
Julian Messenger: I hope so, dear boy! It wouldn't be the same without you!
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A - YOU'RE ADORABLE
Written by Buddy Kaye, Fred Wise and Sidney Lippman
Courtesy of Aria Music Co. and Budd Music Corp.
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Another one of those movies I just "happened" on late one night ...
21 August 2005 | by jrahnSee all my reviews

Insomnia was acting up late one night and I started channel surfing and happened on this flick on Cinemax ... there was only about thirty minutes left of the movie but even at that point it SUCKED me right in.

It's a great flick to watch on a Sunday afternoon - watch it closely. Gabriel Byrne and Ben Kingsley are excellent. I think this was the first movie I saw Jason Lee appear in.

The multiple stories coinciding into one single story of rich scumbags tearing into other's lives for their own gain.

Illeana Douglas's character (and her husband) ... their story ... the secret histories of the rich scumbags ... a lot going on in this movie ...

HIGHLY recommend it.


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