Winchell (1998)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  21 November 1998 (USA)
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The true story of the influential and controversial columnist, Walter Winchell.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dallas Wayne
Melvin Diamond
Sam Hague
Harry the Doorman (as John O'Donohue)
Michael Greene ...
Jonathan Aaron ...
Rabbi (as Rabbi Jonathan Aaron)
Vaudeville Magician
Sean Michael Allen ...
Mirror Reporter (as Sean Barnes)


Biopic of the controversial muckraking journalist Walter Winchell. After spending 12 years in vaudeville, Winchell began writing a column in the New York Mirror. Part gossip, part half-truths, the reporting focused on well-known or prominent individuals and their dalliances. Winchell grew in popularity, particularly when he started his weekly Sunday night radio show. His reporting became more political in the late 1930s when he railed against Hitler. His star began to fall in the 1950's when Josephine Baker was refused service at the Stork Club and Winchell allegedly refused to do anything about it. The end came with his support of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his own rabid anti-communism. Following McCarthy's style, Winchell accused anyone who stood in his way of being a communist. Soon, he found himself facing lawsuits, a failed attempt at a television show and eventually, the cancellation of his radio show. Written by garykmcd

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Sex, scandal, Sensationalism. He was the first of his kind ... but certainly not the last. See more »

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Rated R for language and a scene of strong sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

21 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Poder da Notícia  »

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Did You Know?


The character of Dallas Wayne is a fictionalized version of real-life Winchell confidante and speakeasy owner Texas Guinan. See more »


When Winchell does a Las Vegas nightclub act in 1958, a sign can be seen advertising a show starring Seigfried and Roy - who didn't become headliners until years after Winchell's death. See more »


Walter Winchell: Mr. Mayor, my column gave you this office, and it can take it away.
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Richard Kent Green was Stanley Tucci's stand-in for both the Central Park scenes in New York and the photo shoot for the poster. See more »


Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »


Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish
Performed by Glenn Miller
Courtesy of Rainwood Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The name alone is enough.
13 April 1999 | by (Lucas Buck, NC) – See all my reviews

Being a child of television. The legacy of Walter Winchell to me previously consisted of bits and pieces. ITEMS as it may.

This recent in a series of HBO bio-pics gives loving attention to Winchell, the man, his inventiveness, dedication and ultimately, his power. It seems complete enough in the spectrum with which we view the man. There is suggestion that his influence may have rivaled FDR himself, and he shows William Randolph Hearst to be no match mano-a-mano.

Paul Mazursky is perfectly suited to direct this and gives us everything we need on the screen. Stanley Tucci earns a well-deserved Golden Globe in the title role. Paul Giamatti is superb as Winchell's ghost, Klurfeld (who's book sourced this film), only Glenne Headley, who's work tends to be spotty at times, seems a bit overmatched as WINCHELL's southern-fried moll, Dallas.

I left with renewed respect, for the man.

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