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(1994)

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Paul Newman turned down the role of Bernie White.
This film takes place in a 24 hour span. The events of the film follows different characters and their experiences throughout their entire day. The film was produced by Brian Grazer who also produced the hit television show, "24", which also similarly follows different characters over a 24 hour span.
Mike Sheehan was the perfect choice to play the character of New York Detective Ritchie, a police source for Randy Quaid's character Michael McDougal. Sheehan was the key detective in the Central Park Case of 1989 in which five African-American and Latino-American teens from Harlem were wrongfully accused of attempted murder and rape of a 28-year-old white woman jogging in Central Park. Despite the overturn of the Central Park Five's conviction in 2002, Sheehan remains confident that the teens committed the crime. In the film, Sheehan's character Ritchie--when pressed by MacDougal and Keaton's character Henry Hackett about whether the two teenage African-American boys are NYPD scape goats for the killing of white businessmen in Brooklyn--gives the quote/headline for the newspaper: "They didn't do it!"
Co-screenwriter Stephen Koepp has experience in the world of journalism, as he is the editor-in-chief of Time Magazine.
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All five top billed cast members have been nominated for one or more Academy Award: Michael Keaton (1 nomination) Robert Duvall (1 win, 6 nominations), Glenn Close (6 nominations), Marisa Tomei (1 win, 2 nominations), and Randy Quaid (1 nomination). Additionally, Jason Robards has won 2 Oscars and nominated once more, and writer Richard Price - who appears as himself in the movie - received one Oscar nomination.
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The radio broadcast heard during the opening credits of the film was originally intended to be a segment from Don Imus' "Imus in the Morning" program that was recorded live during an on-air interview with director Ron Howard. A portion of the segment appears as Michael Keaton walks through the newsroom.
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Film debut of Jim Meskimen.
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When Glen Close walks into the men's room, sportscaster Bob Costas makes a cameo appearance as the guy at the urinal.
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Referring to the supposed inexperience of photojournalist Robin, Alicia says, "Robin is only 14." In reality, Amelia Campbell the actress who portrayed Robin was 29 years old at the time of the filming.
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