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Between the Lines (1977)

Story of an underground newspaper in Boston about to be taken over by big business.

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Fred Barron (screenplay), Fred Barron (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Heard ... Harry Lucas
Lindsay Crouse ... Abbie
Jeff Goldblum ... Max Arloft
Jill Eikenberry ... Lynn
Bruno Kirby ... David Entwhistle
Gwen Welles ... Laura
Stephen Collins ... Michael
Lewis J. Stadlen Lewis J. Stadlen ... Stanley
Jon Korkes ... Frank
Michael J. Pollard ... The Hawker
Lane Smith ... Roy Walsh
Joe Morton ... Ahmed
Richard Cox ... Wheeler
Marilu Henner ... Danielle
Raymond J. Barry ... Herbert Fisk
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Story of an underground newspaper in Boston about to be taken over by big business.

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The Comedy-Romance of the Year! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1979 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Al otro lado de la noticia See more »

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Midwest Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First Cinema film of Raymond J Barry. See more »

Quotes

Harry Lucas: [after Max passes gas while they're driving in Harry's car] Did something just die in here?
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Soundtracks

Sweeter Than Honey
Written by Steven Van Zandt (as Steve Van Zandt)
Performed by Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
© Blue Midnight Music
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Disjointed comedy with some nice scenes
16 November 2016 | by IndustriousAngelSee all my reviews

"Between the Lines" works far better as a document of its time than as a comedy or drama. The interactions between the characters are what's best here, while the actual "plot" gets lost somewhere between maybe too many characters and too many side plots which do nothing but make the whole thing feel a bit disjointed. It's characteristic of the movie that the funniest scene (about a wannabe conceptual artist) comes out of nowhere and leads to nothing, a complete non sequitur. You might think that in a story about a newspaper there would be ample opportunity for a good plot, but very little of this potential is actually used.

Recommended for the nice performances and overall atmosphere, which I liked, but don't expect anything particularly gripping or hilarious.


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