The Mean Season (1985)
Company: Olive Films
Starring: Richard Jordan, Mariel Hemmingway, Kurt Russell, Joe Pantoliano, Andy Garcia,
Plot: PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Nearing burn out, the career of Miami reporter Malcolm Anderson is rejuvenated after an article detailing the unsolved murder of a local teen brings him notoriety as well as an unexpected and unwanted fan: a man who claims he’s the murderer.
My Review and Thoughts:
Kurt Russell plays a burned out Newspaper reporter. He wants to quit but seems to be stuck and pulled into each story. Just when he was going to turn his notice in, a murder of a teenage girl. He wants to move with his woman to Colorado and work on a small Newspaper. Just when he is about to officially call it quits, the killer of the girl contacts him. So begins a cat and mouse ordeal.
Also starring the beautiful, stunningly sexy Mariel Hemingway as Christine, Kurt's love interest. Also starring the amazing Andy García and the equally amazing Joe Pantoliano. The true star of the show has to go to the amazing Richard Jordan. A true iconic actor that knew the art form of performing. He was one of those actors that just oozed mastery. He died way too young. 56 years old was a true shame. He was and still is iconic in his many characterizations. His role in The Mean Season is one of those memorable roles. This also has a cameo by the true bad ass manly, know-holds-bar William Smith. Over 270 performances to his name. Always a memorable character performer. The whole movie is just a collective array of acting brilliance.
An intense psychological serial killer thriller. Directed by Phillip Borsos, a very talented director that sadly died way too soon at the young age of 41 from cancer. A truly sad ordeal. He had away with capturing a situation and made it seem and feel real even-though it is a film. The screenplay is by Leon Piedmont. The story itself was adapted from the novel In the Heat of the summer by John Katzenbach. Katzenbach is a brilliant author that has written several books which 3 have become feature films, 1995's Just Cause and 2002's Hart's War. The Mean Season is a great psychological murder mystery with dynamic characters and a thick plot.
It's great to see a film when newspapers and journalism in print form was all the rage. Loved all the old computers and phones and notepads. A trip into the old scale of information.
Just like always Olive Films graced another wonderful Blu-ray. I'm always happy about the films they choose to bring out. The Mean Season is a great trip into the past of cinema that Olive Films enlightened movie lovers with a new release.
Brilliant music soundtrack. An amazing ensemble cast. The acting is what truly makes this film stand out. Filled with both mystery and suspense. Tightly directed. I think this is one of those forgotten gems, overlooked and under appreciated. Thankfully Olive Films decided to spark that ultimate need for a Blu-Ray release. The Mean Season is a complex film that should be seen. A great crime thriller that leaves you guessing and wanting to know.
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