Mad City is a 1997 drama about a blue-collar man who takes a group of people hostage after losing his job. After being laid off as a museum security guard, Sam Baily (John Travolta) comes back to work heavily armed and takes his former boss and a group of children hostage. Television personality Max Brackett (Dustin Hoffman) happens to be in the museum at the same time and begins serving as Baily's liaison to the police. With the assistance of his intern, Laurie Callahan (Mia Kirshner), Brackett also begins reporting on Baily's story, drawing sympathy from the public. Eventually, though, the situation starts to deteriorate. First, Baily accidentally shoots another security guard, and then the children become progressively more frightened as Baily starts to exhibit unstable behavior due to exhaustion and stress. He also begins to regret taking hostages since he realizes that he has probably ruined both his life and that of his family.