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The Mean Season

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Director: Phillip Borsos
1985 / 109min / 35mm

Kurt Russell returns to Metrograph, playing an in-too-deep crime reporter in Borsos’s The Mean Season, a tense thriller based on a novel by former Miami Herald newsman John Katzenbach, shot in part in the Herald’s newsroom. (The film’s title refers to a local term for the heavy weather of the late summer.) Nearing exhaustion after years in the trenches, ink-stained wretch Malcolm (Russell) will be taken to the brink of breakdown—and worse—when an at-large serial murderer, dubbed “The Numbers Killer,” decides to make the reporter his mouthpiece in the press. Russell is typically outstanding, while The Mean Season’s brooding tropical atmosphere, along with the disembodied voice of Richard Jordan, lend the movie a potent air of impending doom.

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