NEVER LET THE TRUTH GET IN THE WAY OF A GOOD STORY.
New York City tabloid editor Henry Hackett (Michael Keaton) begins perhaps the toughest day of his life; the most difficult decision he has to make concerns his future at the paper. A portrayal of life at a big-city tabloid is easy for film critics to jump on; it is after all their environment. But director Ron Howard gets a lot of details right; one of few things that don’t really ring true is the climactic fistfight by the printing presses. This could be a good pilot for a new drama series; the script covers too much ground, but it’s an entertaining film with a great performance by Keaton.
1994-U.S. 112 min. Color. Directed by Ron Howard. Song: ”Make Up Your Mind” (Randy Newman). Cast: Michael Keaton (Henry Hackett), Glenn Close (Alicia Clark), Robert Duvall (Bernie White), Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid, Jason Robards… Jason Alexander, Spalding Gray, Catherine O’Hara.
Trivia: Paul Newman was allegedly considered for the part of Bernie.
Quote: “One of our security guards actually tried to frisk me. We’re having drinks later.” (Close)