Mad City

Mad City is a film about a routine news story involving layoffs at a small museum in Madeline, California. However, it turns into a hostage situation when Sam Bailey, a terminated employee, takes over the museum and its occupants. It is an inside look at how the news media can distort the facts of a story and escalate a simple situation into dramatic tragedy.

  • Starring: Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta and Alan Alda
  • Director(s): Costa Gavros
  • Producer(s): Kopelson Productions
  • Screenwriter(s): Tom Matthews
  • Distributor: Warner Brothers, Inc.
  • Animal Coordinator: Unknown
  • Release Date: Friday, March 14, 1997
  • Rating: Acceptable

Featured Animal Action

A reporter is seen sitting on the porch petting Sam's dog while interviewing his mother. The trainer placed the dog on his mark and cued him with verbal and hand commands.