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As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence.

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Hildy Johnson is the top reporter on a Chicago newspaper during the 1920s. Tired of the whole game he's determined to quit his job to get married. His scheming editor, Walter Burns, has other plans though. It's the day before guilty (but insane) murderer, Earl Williams, is due to go to the gallows and Burns tempts Johnson to stay and write the story. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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It's the hottest story since the Chicago Fire... And they're sitting on it.

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17 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prima pagina  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 4,427,652 (Sweden)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Cast member Austin Pendleton has said that Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Billy Wilder did not get along during filming, and said they would never work with each other again. However, seven years later, they worked together again on Buddy Buddy (1981). See more »

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Earl Williams is scheduled to be executed by hanging in June of 1929. Electrocution replaced hanging as the method of capital punishment in Illinois in 1928. See more »

Quotes

'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: [holding up his phone] He's waiting for instructions. What are we gonna do?
The Mayor: Tell him to shoot to kill.
'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: What?
The Mayor: Shoot to kill, I said.
'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: I - I don't know, Herbie. What about that reprieve? I-if it ever comes out ...
The Mayor: Nobody reprieved that policeman he shot. There was no clemency, either. Do what I tell you!
'Honest Pete' Hartman Sheriff of Clark County: [on phone] Jacobi, you there? Listen. Shoot to kill! You heard me!
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Congratulate Me
Lyrics by Bob Rothberg
Music by Lou Handman
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2 March 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I also do not understand the critics on this one. It's fast-paced, magnificently cynical throughout, unabashedly edgy, and the one-liners come faster than zingers on your average sit-com. Plus it captures the world of urban newspapers better than other movies capture the world of almost anything they attempt.


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