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Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995)

The fact-based true story of the rapid rise to fame and untimely death of Jessica Savitch - one of America's first female news anchors.

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Jessica Savitch
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Ron Kershaw
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Laura McCormick
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Mel Korn
William Converse-Roberts ...
Donald
Sean McCann
Randy Means ...
Terry Wills
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Adam Murphy
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Al Binder
Maruska Stankova ...
Lilyan Wilder
Jeff Pustil ...
Jody Simons
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Emmertz Canterbury
John Bolger ...
Martin Fishbein
Dini Petty ...
Lillie Werner
Damir Andrei ...
Buddy Savitch
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The fact-based true story of the rapid rise to fame and untimely death of Jessica Savitch - one of America's first female news anchors. Written by Rick Hudson <rick@actrix.gen.nz>

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4 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Sela Ward had never seen the newsbreak that caused the downturn in Savitch's career (where she appeared drugged on camera), and gave her performance based on eyewitness stories about it. A video copy turned up later, but it was decided not to reshoot the scene. See more »

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During a newsroom meeting on the "baby story", it is said that telephone callers wanted to know if the 6:00 story would be repeated at 10:00. In Philadelphia, the nighttime news program by the NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates have always been aired at 11:00. See more »

Quotes

Mel Korn: Everything will be alright.
Jessica Savitch: How can everything be alright Mel? There is no script! There's no script!
Mel Korn: Follow your instincts, what you know... and smile.
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References Frontline (1983) See more »

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Brilliant Woman, Sad Life
10 June 2002 | by (Fairbanks, U.S. Territory of Alaska) – See all my reviews

Not the best told story but it covered many of the more pertinent events of this woman's life. The movie skimmed a bit, from what I can tell. The beginning, showing her rise in the ranks of TV news journalism, showed what was most important but merely mentioned other factors in what made this woman what she became. A very bright and brilliant woman she was. The movie did fairly well in getting that to viewers. Also, a very broken and mentally imbalanced woman she was. That was obvious but could have been portrayed better. What was wrong with her? We never really got to know. Along the way events and people popped up but why? At times I thought Sela Ward was wrong for the role - not young enough and it showed. Despite that she turned in a fabulous performance. Problem is the rest of the cast wasn't as strong and the writing wasn't all that perfect, either. Quite possibly another movie with the 96 Minute Syndrome - too much of a story for only 96 minutes. Nothing great was accomplished here. It was a sad story of a brilliant woman who had a very sad life, a woman who maybe could have gotten it together and made something genuinely good of her life. It ended too soon for her, though, and we have this to know her by. That's sad, too, 'cause this wasn't as brilliant as Jessica Savitch was. My grade: B-


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