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Valley

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Malcolm Anderson is a reporter for a Miami newspaper.  After eight years, he's had enough of being the newspaper's main guy for covering all the local murders, so he promises his girlfriend that he is quitting so they can move away and get a fresh start. 

However, before Malcolm can hand in his notice, the murderer from his latest article calls him and states that he's going to kill again. Malcolm is now unfortunately caught up in a brutal serial killer's quest for notoriety and he will soon not just be reporting the story, but becoming part of it seems.

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If you've never seen "The Mean Season", I recommend it to Kurt Russell fans.  The cast of Kurt Russell, Mariel Hemingway, Richard Masur, Andy Garcia, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Bradford, and Richard Jordan make it worth it alone.

The film was named "The Mean Season" after the term of the same name that refers to a pattern of weather that occurs in Florida during the late summer months. Hot mornings with sticky weather leading to violent thunderstorms that blow in from the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico in the afternoon.

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Richard Jordan was just brilliant as the killer.  I've seen his role described as menacing and that is quite fitting.  I don't wanna give it away, but there is one scene that is just excellent.

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While the plot is rather predictible to start and slow developing .. however, "The Mean Season" turns into a crazy ride because of the storms and the twist ending.  

Kurt Russell is great in these kind of roles.

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"Mean Season" is a near miss for me. It was based on a book by John Katzenbach, who has had three of his novels developed into movies: "Mean Season," "Just Cause," and "Hart's War." All three films have good plot hooks but stumble before they are done, winding up as three fair-to-middling thrillers. Stephen King, I think in his book "On Writing," says that Katzenbach has good ideas brought down by poor writing. I haven't read any of Katzenbach's books, but it appears that King is dead on. While I was watching "Mean Season," I kept thinking how much better the film would have been had Brian DePalma stayed on as director; he was attached to the project at one time.

That said, Richard Jordan is excellent as a burnt-out psychopath, and Kurt Russell is, well, likeable Kurt Russell. Mariel Hemingway is along just for decoration. It's an OK time-killer, but it could have been so much more.

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for me the mean season falls somewhere between being good and great , i feel and agree with you guys that it did have the makings of being a classic but somewhere down the line something went slightly amiss and it ends up falling just short.

still a decent thriller that i wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone,if i was to score it out of 10 i'd give it a respectable 7,probably even a 8,it's definitely worth a watch.

http://www.videodetective.com/movies/the-mean-season/159 - mean season trailer.

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I have The Mean Season dvd and it´s a good thriller with a cool cast.
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