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The Mean Season (1985)

When a teenager is shot at the beach, a journalist from The Miami Journal is sent to cover the story. He's called by the murderer and told there'll be four more.


Phillip Borsos


John Katzenbach (novel), Christopher Crowe (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Malcolm Anderson
Mariel Hemingway ... Christine Connelly
Richard Jordan ... Alan Delour
Richard Masur ... Bill Nolan
Richard Bradford ... Phil Wilson
Joe Pantoliano ... Andy Porter
Andy Garcia ... Ray Martinez
Rose Portillo Rose Portillo ... Kathy Vasquez
William Smith ... Albert O'Shaughnessy
John Palmer John Palmer ... Self
Lee Sandman Lee Sandman ... Harold Jacoby
Dan Fitzgerald ... Carl Mason
Cynthia Caquelin Cynthia Caquelin ... Ruth Lowenstein
Fred Ornstein ... Warren Phillips
Fritz Bronner ... Peter Peterson


Malcolm Anderson is a reporter for a Miami newspaper. He's had enough of reporting the local murders and so promises his school teacher girlfriend (Christine), they'll move away soon. Before Malcolm can hand in his notice, the murderer from his latest article phones him. The murderer tells Malcolm that he's going to kill again. The phone calls and murders continue, soon Malcolm finds that he's not just reporting the story, he is the story. Written by Rob Hartill

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Number Killer calls again See more »


Crime | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Originally the source material was in a yet unpublished novel form, written by John Katzenbach in 1982. The manuscript then landed on Producer David Foster's desk. Foster optioned it as a film, and the property then got published as a novel named "In The Heat of Summer". See more »


Anderson misspells "apparent" as "apparrent" on his word processor, and leaves it uncorrected. This may only be a character error, but it's odd considering he's a potential Pulitzer-winning journalist. See more »


Alan: For the most part, good behavior goes unnoticed. Oh nevermind, what do you care?
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Spoofs Psycho (1960) See more »

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nice hard-boiled serial killer film
3 April 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Malcolm Anderson (Kurt Russell) is a burned-out newspaper reporter for the Miami Journal looking to quit. His boss Bill Nolan (Richard Masur) has him cover the murder of a young woman. Andy Porter (Joe Pantoliano) is his friend and fellow reporter. Ray Martinez (Andy Garcia) is the friendly cop investigating the case but his partner Phil Wilson (Richard Bradford) distrusts him. His grade school teacher girlfriend Christine Connelly (Mariel Hemingway) is planning to move back home to Colorado. Then Malcolm gets a call from the killer claiming to want to help him. He claims that there will be 3 female and 2 male victims. Malcolm becomes part of the story as his relationship falls apart. Then he is contacted by Mike Hilson (Richard Jordan) with information.

It's a nice performance from Kurt Russell. This is a simple serial killer movie. There isn't any great style but has a good sense of impending doom. That probably has more to do with Richard Jordan's voice. The stormy weather motif also adds to the dark tones. It builds to a good storm-filled climax. There isn't much of a plot or an investigation. I do like the hard-boiled sensibilities a lot even if the movie is filled with those clichés. There are a couple of twists that is a bit too obvious. Overall, Russell is good, the plot is unremarkable and the brooding tone is compelling.

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Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mean Season See more »

Filming Locations:

Dade County, Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,560,591, 18 February 1985

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1.85 : 1
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