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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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Storyline

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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Passion Brought Them Together... Only Success Could Tear Them Apart! See more »

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

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1 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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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Michael Ballhaus, the film's original director of photography, had to drop out after becoming ill during pre-production. Director Jon Avnet chose Karl Walter Lindenlaub as the replacement because he was impressed by Lindenlaub's work on Rob Roy (1995). See more »

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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 »

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Tally: I'm exactly the way you made me: do it this way, do it that way, do it MY way - until I don't even know how to do it without you.
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a boring stinker
9 January 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love Michelle Pfeiffer. Robert Redford is a superstar. Which is why I shelled out for a cinema ticket in 1996 while I was working in Canberra.

The first clue should have been the turnout. There were 5 other people in the theatre. 2 left about halfway through.

The recent movie that jogged my mind about Up Close and Personal was "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World". Steve Carell and Keira Knightly...how could you go wrong? At the end of that movie, and after I'd said "is that it?" I remembered 1996.

2 big stars of the moment, an interesting premise, but a total turkey. What the 2 movies had in common was a couple of actors walking through their lines with as much feeling and believability as the bored woman who sold me the tickets at the counter.

Absolutely no chemistry, no connection with the audience; you could almost hear Pfeiffer and Redford thinking 'is this over yet?' Contrast this with Pfeiffer's other 1996 effort One Fine Day, and you see that her heart is still in it. Whereas Redford's efforts since this stinker have been mediocre at best.

Up Close & Personal was so bad that it took nearly 17 years for Carell's non-effort to knock it off my Worst Movie mantle.


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