The Mean Season

6.11 h 43 min1985R
A miami newspaper reporter becomes the sole contact for a maniacal killer, but as the headlines (and murders) continue, it becomes a question of who is "using" whom. Based on the novel "In the Heat of Summer" by John Katzenbach.
Phillip Borsos
Kurt RussellMariel HemingwayRichard Jordan
English [CC]
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Rick In TexasReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
an 80s miami classic
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Maybe this film isn't Spotlight or Absence of Malice, but it is very enjoyable as a film noir journalism film set in steamy Miami before Miami was so commercialized. Mariel Hemingway, who's grandfather lived 3.5 hours away in Key West, is fantastic and gorgeous. Kurt Russell leads a strong cast of Richards who all deliver memorable performances. The scenery alone is worth the watch. The Mean Season deserves to be on the list of best Journalism films with The Year of Living Dangerously, All The Presidents Men, Spotlight, The Post, The Killing Fields, Absence of Malice and Broadcast News. If you love Miami or a good noir - see it.
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DaedalusReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020
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Not your usual serial killer movie.
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In addition to the exotic setting of Miami, Florida, we get a truly interesting serial killer movie with THE MEAN SEASON. The killer's motives are not what anybody really expects. And this actually rises above a mere "serial killer" detective movie. We have Kurt Russell as the journalist for the Miami Herald newspaper whom the killer has selected to be his "confidence man" and give him the clues to his ongoing murder spree. As a cat and mouse struggle ensues among the journalist, the killer, and the police; we also have a well-acted subplot here involving Mariel Hemingway as Kurt Russell's girlfriend. So this can also be considered a top-notch drama film as well as a crime film. The thrills do not stop right up until the ending credits roll. All in all, a highly recommended gem from 1985.
Brooser BearReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2001
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This is another good film that is uniquely eighties and it works. People dress and walk like they are in the eighties. This came before the nineties, before the ATF Swat Teams and before serial killers were turned into superhuman demons.
There several reasons for watching this film. The first one is Kurt Russel portraying a journalist who turns into a media event by virtue of being a spokesman of sorts for a serial killer. The second reason to watch this is to see Mariel Hemingway as a girlfriend getting pushed off the stage by her boyfriend's celebrity status. She looks less like a fashion model cum actress and more like a typically american girlfriend. The third reason to watch this is for the serial killer, who is cunning and who is less a demon and more a predatory stalker. Finally we have a cameo by Andy Garcia and Miami cops who walk and talk more like street cops and less like FBI superheroes of the nineties. But the real reson to see this is the edge of he seat suspense and false alarms which at times misfire, but turn this film into a top notch thriller and a valuable addition to any film collection!!!
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M CochranReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very Enjoyable.👍👍👍👍
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Classic and enjoyable. Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway are Excellent. The late Richard Jordan gives a solid performance as a murderer. Awesome film.👍👍👍
truth mongerReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2018
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Johnny PastaReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2015
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The Mean Season
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This one was a keeper for me. A bit dated, but it moved right along. Kurt Russell is an excellent actor. There's not much he can't do simply put. He and Jeff Bridges hold that in common. And he kept the movie alive. Andy Garcia did very well in this one too. He's convincing enough for me. I can't say much for Ms. Hemingway. Her acting has always been on the lame side for me. She should of chose another career.
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Action/Suspense FanReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie
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This is another serial killer movie, but it was good. It was suspenseful and well-acted.
Chris GreeneReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good Kurt Russell thriller
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This was a very good, solid thriller with Kurt Russell. There are some moments that build up suspense in neat ways. The acting is pretty good and I enjoyed how the action and plot build up to an exciting ending. I was not familiar with this movie from the 80''s, but I would recommend it to any fan of thrillers and Kurt Russell.
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