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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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Details

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

Ariel Powers: There's lots more to try. The Emperor Tiberius didn't start nibbling little boys until he was well into his seventies. If it would make you happy, I would gladly provide you with a playpen full of toddlers.
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HURRICANE
Written by Patrick Tuzzolino
Performed by Patrick Tuzzolino
Courtesy of Skywriter Productions, Inc.
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Outstanding - a must see film!
30 June 2005 | by jd110See all my reviews

What Robert Altman did for Vietnam with M*A*S*H, Stephen Surjik (director)and Larry Gelbart (writer) do to modern media corporations with Weapons of Mass Distraction.

If anyone wants to know how the mega rich owners of big corporations are "screwing the little guy" and getting away with it, then you HAVE to watch this movie. The film uses biting satirical comic writing to deliver its message about how money and media power dominates the political process to the detriment of all but a very few people at the top. Imagine the screenplay being written by Voltaire or Jonathan Swift. Gabriel Byrne and Ben Kingsley's performances as the two greedy media moguls who will do anything, no matter how sleazy or illegal, to get their way, are brilliant. Jeffrey Tambor is fantastic as Byrne's personal assistant whose morals are as ambiguous as his sexuality.

A wonderful film, a savage attack on what happens when too much power is vested in the hands of too few. Watch it and wince.


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