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Up Close & Personal (1996)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  1 March 1996 (USA)
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An ambitious young woman, determined to build a career in TV journalism, gets good advice from her first boss, and they fall in love.

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This is a telling of the Jessica Savitch story, the newswoman who, in the 1970's, became the "First Woman Anchor". Sally/Tally is taken under the wing of Warren in a Miami newsroom and becomes a news star on TV. Despite her love for Warren, she takes the big chance and moves on to Philadelphia, where he follows to rescue her faltering career at the cost of his own - as she rises he falls. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sensuality and depictions of violence | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Golden Girl  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$187,067 (USA) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

$51,045,801 (USA) (2 August 1996)
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Trivia

The line Joe Mantegna uses when he first meets Tally - "Your voice is full of money" - is from F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, "The Great Gatsby". In the film The Great Gatsby (1974), Robert Redford plays the title role. See more »

Goofs

When the film was made, in 1996, the idea that a TV crew inside a prison could beam images from a 'portable' transmit unit (let alone return audio to the journalist from the TV truck), was pure imagination. Even modern-day portable units cannot break through concrete and steel - especially the amount that one would find in a prison. See more »

Quotes

[Tally proposes marriage to Warren]
Tally Atwater: I want you around in the morning.
Warren Justice: You already have me around in the morning. How, I don't know, but you do.
Tally Atwater: I want to know you're legally required to be there.
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Referenced in Spy Hard (1996) See more »

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The Impossible Dream
Words by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh
Performed by Michelle Pfeiffer (uncredited)
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The Politics Of 'Up Close And Personal'
9 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this is definitely a "women's movie," a man can enjoy this, too. I did, but not enough to see it twice or to purchase it. Supposedly, it's the story of former television news reporters Jessica Savitch and Ron Kershaw.

Robert Redford is good at playing the veteran newsman teaching Michelle Peiffer (Savitch) the business. He does more than that, of course, being her lover and then her husband. With Redford, you know you are going to get a dose of Liberal politics in the mix and in here, it's let's-feel-sorry-for-the-prison inmates. The preaching is "they are in jail to be rehabilitated." Well, that sounds nice but whatever happened to jail as a form of punishment for someone committing a crime against someone else? Liberals - like Redford, who is never shy about giving us his views in movies like this - sometimes seem to have more compassion for thugs than they do victims of crime! He goes so far in here as to preach that if you don't treat prisoners with kid gloves you deserve to have a riot on your hands.

Outside of all that heavy-handedness, you get a nice romance with solid acting all around, not only from the two leads but the supporting case with people like Stockarrd Channnng, Joe Mantegna, Kate Nelligan, Glen Plummer and James Rebhorn.


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