Lip Service (1988)

TV Movie  |   |  Comedy  |  14 February 1994 (Portugal)
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A young news reporter schemes to take over the job of a veteran news anchor whose ratings he's been hired to promote.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lennard 'Len' Burdette
Gilbert 'Gil' Hutchinson
Fran Brill ...
John C. Jones ...
Woman P.A.
Scott Zigler ...
Salesman #1
Salesman #2
Christopher Kaldor ...
'Hunter' (Ken)
Walter the 'Weather Moose'
Brenda Huggins ...
Michael Feingold ...
Warren Yarlsberg
Lois Taylor ...
Teacher #1
Paul Krafin ...
Teacher #2
Hoda Baron ...
Teacher #3


A young news reporter schemes to take over the job of a veteran news anchor whose ratings he's been hired to promote.

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Directorial debut of William H. Macy. See more »


Lennard 'Len' Burdette: I'm a very gut person, I'm very connected to my gut.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


Open Heart/Open Eyes
Written and Performed by David Yazbek
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Good and incisive; an unsung gem
25 September 1999 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

This non-theatrical, HBO TV movie is as good and incisive a comedic look at the lower levels of the TV-station/news business as the classic Network(1976) is to the upper echelons. Dunne & Dooley excel in this all but unseen, unacclaimed,subtly ruthless spoof of the (lack of) values, the disloyalty and insincerity, and the ignorance of mediocre TV talents.

I didn't realize that William Macy directed this early effort until I discovered the fact here. Not surprised. The wit and intelligent restraint he exhibits as an actor ("Fargo," Pleasantville," even "Civil Action") are evident here, too. And there's Felicity Huffman in an early acting turn, too.

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