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News at Eleven (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  2 April 1986 (USA)
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Frank Kenley faces a number of moral dilemmas when dealing with the latest scandal: a teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student. While trying to keep the case in court, rather than ... See full summary »

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Frank Kenley
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Eric Ross
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Joanna Steckler
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David Kogan
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Gene Silas
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Sally
Christa Denton ...
April Gibbs
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Karen
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Melissa Kenley
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Christine Arnold
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Donna Kenley
Sandy McPeak ...
Gordon
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Gretchen Kent
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Tony Romero
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Martin Kent
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Frank Kenley faces a number of moral dilemmas when dealing with the latest scandal: a teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student. While trying to keep the case in court, rather than trying the teacher on television, an underhanded producer takes the matter out of his hands and succumbs to a Hearst-esque style of "yellow journalism". Written by Tim Kearns <tskearns@aol.com>

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How to be careful?
5 March 1999 | by (Surheim, Germany) – See all my reviews

I don't know. But most obviously, this movie shows us that any filmmaker who makes a movie with an issue like child or teenager abuse or seduction should be very sure of his/her qualities. One has to be able to remain tasteful, handle it with care and truthfully. (Dear filmmaker, if you're not sure how to do this, I'd urge you to choose another story. Thanks!)

Quite obvious - writing this I'm implying that this movie is tasteless. It surely is, but not only.

The relationship between Martin Sheen and Barbara Babcock is not very bright, but interesting. The scenes between Sheen and Peter Riegert have an extremely odd, cold and sober atmosphere and thus they are in a way special. Peter Riegert's (again) odd, cold and sober way of acting perfectly fits to the tone of this rather imperfect movie ("Network" (which also has its mistakes to my mind) for poor people?). Thus he's almost good...

The seduction issue is not told very believably, rather almost graphicly. (No not really visually, but there's just too much talking about it in a too cold and TV news-like way.) Additionally, all the girls featured here are neither believable nor sympathetic. I could make some spiteful remarks about them, but I wouldn't find the appropriate words.

I would feel happier if I hadn't watched it. Still it's not only bad. The movie is right about the media, but there is just no truth in dealing with the subject of seduction. I told you what is good about it. Maybe I forgot Sheree J. Wilson, as she's really not bad at her job. I give it 5 out of 10. I just wouldn't recommend it.


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