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Winchell (1998)

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The true story of the influential and controversial columnist, Walter Winchell.

Director:

Paul Mazursky

Writers:

Herman Klurfeld (book), Scott Abbott (teleplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Tucci ... Walter Winchell
Glenne Headly ... Dallas Wayne
Paul Giamatti ... Herman Kurfeld
Christopher Plummer ... Franklin D. Roosevelt
Xander Berkeley ... Gavreau
Kevin Tighe ... William Randolph Hearst
Frank Medrano ... Melvin Diamond
Vic Polizos ... Sam Hague
John F. O'Donohue ... Harry the Doorman (as John O'Donohue)
Michael Greene ... Bellamy
Rod McCary ... Emcee
Victoria Gabrielle Platt ... Josephine Baker
Jonathan Aaron Jonathan Aaron ... Rabbi (as Rabbi Jonathan Aaron)
Pat Asanti ... Vaudeville Magician
Sean Michael Allen Sean Michael Allen ... Mirror Reporter (as Sean Barnes)
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Storyline

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 1950s 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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Radio's godfather of gossip. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Poder da Notícia See more »

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HBO Films, Fried Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Franklin D. Roosevelt: I've got a scoop for you, Walter. Senator Taft is a horse's aft.
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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 »

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

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I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
Written by Ellis Reynolds, Al Neiburg (as Al J. Neiburg) and Doc Daugherty (as Doc Dougherty)
Performed by Victoria Gabrielle Platt (as Victoria Platt)
Arranged and Produced by Jim Jacobsen
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Winchell who?
28 March 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Winchell", a Tucci tour-de-force and docudrama, tells a somewhat biased story of Walter Winchell, renown gossip columnist of the 30's and 40's who rose to considerable influence and fame in the early days of radio as the most listened to reporter in America only to die in obscurity in 1972. An okay biography, this journeyman HBO flick does a good job of hitting the high points of Winchell's life but will have little value to those with no particular interest in the period or the man as he simply wasn't, by cinematic standards, that interesting.


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