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The Journalist (1979)

Comedy about a Journalist on A Sydney Newspaper

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Michael Thornhill
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Thompson ... Simon Morris
Elizabeth Alexander ... Liz Corbett
Sam Neill ... Rex
Carol Raye Carol Raye ... Maggie
Penne Hackforth-Jones Penne Hackforth-Jones ... Gillie Griffiths
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Sid Mitchell
Stuart Wagstaff Stuart Wagstaff ... Courtney Lewers
Slim DeGrey Slim DeGrey ... Senior Interviewer
Candy Raymond Candy Raymond ... Sunshine
Jane Harders Jane Harders ... Wendy Morris
Michelle Jarman Michelle Jarman ... Susie Morris
Margo Lee Margo Lee ... Editor
Victoria Nicholls Victoria Nicholls ... Phillipa Richards
Sandra Lee Paterson Sandra Lee Paterson ... Marriage celebrant
Frank Wilson Frank Wilson ... Vic Parsons
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Comedy about a womanizing journalist on a Sydney newspaper who confronts job problems and impotence in the context of Australian media and politics of the 1970's. A somewhat lesser Australian film comparable to the American film Shampoo. Written by Anonymous

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He is the irresistible Simon Morris - The Journalist. He has a nose for scandal, and a weakness for women. See more »

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Apart from voice work on The Magic Pudding (2000), this is the only ever movie that stars Jack Thompson and Sam Neill have both appeared in. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
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Jack's back in lacklustre drama/comedy, whatever
5 February 2013 | by PeterMitchell-506-564364See all my reviews

As in this, something leads us to believe Jack Thompson was considered a stud back in the day. Although The Journalist isn't plot driven, it has been based loosely on a real identity, that Thompson plays. Like Petersen, he has his fair share of sexcapades which start at his place of work, or when he takes business trips to Asia, where he indulges in more pleasure than business. He even picks up two much younger hotties in a bar who work him over. His soon to be wife, (Elizabeth Alexander) who's madly in love with him, is fun to watch, who keeps forgiving him, after the revolving doors of his infidelity. The split screen of him chatting to her from Asia, while bedding an Asian hottie is one of the few funny moments. He even seeks help from a doctor, explaining his situation. This explanation sounded clichéd of other movies he does, where he beds numerous women, this almost becomes laughable. His competition and nemesis, Sid (Charles Bud Tingwell) hates Simon (Thompson) where underneath it's clearly palpable he envies him. When becoming Thompson's boss, Sid has him put in the journalistic animal department. One scene I love every time I see it, is an old woman bringing her two big poodles in the office, where one of them urinates over Thompson's desk. Thompson, pulls a phony stringing him up by the neck gesture, with his tie, telling this interviewee that he has a date with his psychiatrist. Another delight is Thompson's daughter, who not only acts well, but acts older than she, character wise. She lives with his Simon's ex, a strict sort. We can kind of see why Thompson left her for the delightful Alexander. Incidentally Alexander and Thompson's daughter in this, showed up again in Summerfield, years later. Sam Neil, Thompson's friend and colleague, Rex, so wants the affections of Alexander, he doesn't have much to do here in the film, but be a slightly jealous buddy, and realize he'll have to make do with second place in the romantic stakes, when he's not bouncing back against nude statues in an art exhibition. Despite it's flaws and weaknesses, of course, we're talking plot, The Journalist still manages to be entertaining, but there are no real messages this movie sends home, or potent value, just that some men are pigs, and are prone to infidelity. So not everybody's perfect, but neither is this film.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1979 (Australia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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