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The Public (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama | 25 July 2019 (Germany)
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An act of civil disobedience turns into a standoff with police when homeless people in Cincinnati take over the public library to seek shelter from the bitter cold.

Director:

Emilio Estevez

Writer:

Emilio Estevez
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Detective Bill Ramstead
Taylor Schilling ... Angela
Emilio Estevez ... Stuart Goodson
Jena Malone ... Myra
Christian Slater ... Josh Davis
Jacob Vargas ... Ernesto
Gabrielle Union ... Rebecca Parks
Derek Polen Derek Polen ... William Larsen
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Jackson (as Michael K. Williams)
Jeffrey Wright ... Anderson
Rhymefest ... Big George (as Che Rhymefest Smith)
Ki Hong Lee ... Chip
Patrick Hume ... Caesar
Richard T. Jones ... Chief Edwards
Susanna Thompson
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Storyline

In "the public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the Patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library.

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Every Story Matters.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, nudity, language, and some suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2019 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$259,455, 7 April 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$573,503, 13 June 2019
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Color
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Spencer Garrett was also in Estevez's movie Bobby. See more »

Quotes

Anderson: The public library is the last bastion of democracy that we have in this country!
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Entertaining and Accurate
8 April 2019 | by ekinney-13533See all my reviews

I really liked this film. The reviews I saw mentioned that it had no ending, no resolution, which is true, but neither does the problem with homelessness in our society. I think it accurately reflects an urban library setting. I'd pay to see it again.


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