The publisher of a celebrity gossip tabloid sets out to destroy an aging actor, whose career is foundering and who is also facing a battle with alcoholism.

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Harold Fallen
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Meg North
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Helen Grant
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Ben Rowan
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Simon McKey
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Platte (as Bobby DiCicco)
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The publisher of a celebrity gossip tabloid sets out to destroy an aging actor, whose career is foundering and who is also facing a battle with alcoholism.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, brief sensuality and mild language | See all certifications »
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21 January 1985 (USA)  »

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At the checkout counter in the grocery store Helen's son picks up the same tin of cookies twice. See more »

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Remake of Scandal Sheet (1952) See more »

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A neat, tightly-packaged story about the dark side of the tabloid business.
31 October 2002 | by (Easley, S.C.) – See all my reviews

This made-for-TV piece moves quickly and has an arsenal of great acting talent. Caught between a stalled writing career in the "legitimate" publishing world, and an offer she can't refuse, Helen Grant (Pamela Reed) gets in over her head with a seedy but successful tabloid. The new job takes her on a wild ride, and us right along with her. Usually a supporting actress, Ms. Reed holds her own in the lead here. In fact she is the perfect pawn for the crafty Mr. Fallen (Burt Lancaster) who pulls all her strings. Burt is brilliant.

It is a story of two kinds of betrayal: to others and to one's own self. The movie makes you ask, "What's my price to sell out my ideals?" Strong performances by Robert Urich and Lauren Hutton as well. Very watchable. I rate it an 8/10.


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