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The Shame of a City (2006)

In 1904, author Lincoln Steffens wrote, Philadelphia is a city that is corrupt and contented. In 2003 filmmaker Tigre Hill chronicled the Philadelphia mayoral race between Democrat ... See full synopsis »

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Tigre Hill
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Credited cast:
James Carville ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself
Bill Cosby ... Himself
Rudy Giuliani ... Himself (as Rudolph W. Giuliani)
Sam Katz Sam Katz ... Himself
The Philadelphia Political Machine The Philadelphia Political Machine ... Themselves
John F. Street ... Himself
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In 1904, author Lincoln Steffens wrote, Philadelphia is a city that is corrupt and contented. In 2003 filmmaker Tigre Hill chronicled the Philadelphia mayoral race between Democrat incumbent mayor, John Street and Republican challenger Sam Katz. Early polls showed Katz with a small lead. Hill had inside access to the Katz campaign and although rebuffed by the Street campaign, managed to get footage. Twenty-seven days before the election an FBI bug was found in the mayor s office. It looked like 1904 all over again-blatant corruption. The discovery of the bug at first seemed like a death knell to the Street campaign and a near certain victory for Katz. How did the mayor react to the bug? This powerful documentary shows how-drum up support by polarizing the electorate.

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6 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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A Must See for Philadelphians
23 June 2007 | by JimmySaintSee all my reviews

An excellent documentary about racism, unions and intimidation. Focused on the race between Sam Katz and John Street and the ugliness that went on during the campaign. The footage is excellent starting with a famous Street outburst as a councilman and him physically assaulting a reporter, to when the indictments are handed out and everyone goes to jail except Street. The Democrat political machine showed their strength and all the players were spinning together. It is really hard to believe this happened recently. This smacks of Boss Tweed and illustrates everything that is wrong with this once great city. Kudo's to Tigre Hill an African American with a lot of guts. The Irish Union guys like Dougherty and Brady look especially loathsome. It is a fascinating yet sad tale, an important film for anyone interested in big city politics.


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