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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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The best story he'll ever write...The worst nightmare he'll ever live...Is just a phone-call away. See more »


Crime | Thriller


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Did You Know?


John Katzenbach's source novel "In the Heat of the Summer" (1982) was an Edgar Award Nominee for Best First Novel. See more »


"Kidnapped" is misspelled (as "Kidnaped") in the Miami Journal headline the day after Delour takes Malcolm's girlfriend. See more »


Christine: I've gotten so far away that leaving is just a formality, Malcolm.
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Cat & mouse thriller between a Miami reporter and a psycho
26 November 2019 | by jgcorreaSee all my reviews

In the eighties, the serial killer subgenre upgraded its position within the thriller genre, together with other subgenres such as bombastic gangster epics (Scarface), and court crime novels. Brian De Palma was the one who coined the genre with his Hitchcock and Antonioni touches, but then there came the lousy exploitational underground ("Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer") Historically speaking, it was "The Mean Season" that started the combination of violent criminals and information media and their reciprocal dependency relationshipsIn Florida, a serial killer named Alan Delour (Richard Jordan) begins to perpetrate his bloody bustle. Immediately after his first murder, he includes the newspaper journalist Malcolm Anderson (Kurt Russell) in his perfidious game: Anderson gets his information first-hand while the killer can capture the hoped-for media attention. Anderson tries to work hand in hand with police officers (Andy Garcia, Richard Bradford), but Delour proves to be smarter. When Delour kidnaps Anderson's girlfriend, the teacher Christine (Mariel Hemingway), the situation deteriorates. The phrase "Mean Season" refers to both the killer's meanness and to Florida's late summer dog days, the time in which sultry climate can suddenly turn into strong storms that pull up from the Gulf Stream. Kurt Russell is sufficient in the lead. Mariel Hemingway not perfect for the role of the kidnapped girlfriend. The result is utterly routine, but not a complete disappointment from director Philip Borsos.

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Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Dade County, Florida, USA See more »


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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,560,591, 18 February 1985

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