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The Public (2018)

PG-13
122 min | Drama

In "the public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are ...See moreIn "the public" an unusually bitter Arctic blast has made its way to downtown Cincinnati and the front doors of the public library where the action of the film takes place. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. At odds with library officials over how to handle the extreme weather event, the Patrons turn the building into a homeless shelter for the night by staging an "Occupy" sit in. What begins as an act of civil disobedience becomes a stand off with police and a rush-to-judgment media constantly speculating about what's really happening. This David versus Goliath story tackles some of our nation's most challenging issues, homelessness and mental illness and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: your public library. See less
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115 cast members
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Emilio Estevez
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Alec Baldwin
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Josh Davis Josh Davis   See fewer
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Rebecca Parks Rebecca Parks   See fewer
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Anderson Anderson   See fewer
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Jacob Vargas
Ernesto Ernesto   See fewer
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Richard T. Jones
Chief Edwards Chief Edwards   See fewer
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John Harper John Harper   See fewer
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Carly Tamborski
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Brian Bowman
Police Officer (as Brian Wolfman Black Bowman) Police Officer (as Brian Wolfman Black Bowman)   See fewer
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Ming Wang
Library Patron Library Patron   See fewer
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Anita Farmer Bergman
Library Patron Library Patron   See fewer
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Patrick Hume
Caesar Caesar   See fewer
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Susan Kile
Homeless Women Homeless Women   See fewer
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Michael D Overman
Core Homeless Man Core Homeless Man   See fewer
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Bret Aaron Knower
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Michelle Poole
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Tyler Joseph Campbell
Core Homeless Man Core Homeless Man   See fewer
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Jon Osbeck
Security Officer Williams Security Officer Williams   See fewer
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Joe Maurer
Homeless man Homeless man   See fewer
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Matt Hudson
Walker Walker   See fewer
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Marcus B. Jackson
Det. Patterson Det. Patterson   See fewer
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Hickory Taylor
Doc, Homeless Man Doc, Homeless Man   See fewer
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Derek Polen
William Larsen William Larsen   See fewer
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Shawn P. Farrell
Core Homeless Man Core Homeless Man   See fewer
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John E. Brownlee
Library Security Library Security   See fewer
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Michael Douglas Hall
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Kenneth Meyer
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Michael Urriquia
Core Homeless Man Core Homeless Man   See fewer
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Laura Dejean
Librarian Librarian   See fewer
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Mia Vera
Globe Girl Globe Girl   See fewer
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Library Security Library Security   See fewer
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Homeless Teen Homeless Teen   See fewer
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6.9 / 10 | 109 votes