An American Journalist (2009)

An American Journalist starring Michael Arturo, David Hayward, and Mark Arnold. Journalist returns from Iraq to cover execution of former child actor celebrity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Calvo
... Billy Spade
... Sean Donnely
... Bruce Howard (as John Gilligan)
... Joe
... Matt Williams
... Texas Senator
... News Jock Paul / 1950s TV Voice
... News Jock Dian
... Editor Hamilton
Terri Ann Driggs ... Right to Life Advocate (as Terri Ann G. Driggs)
... Prison Warden
... Prison Chaplin
Robert Benny ... Prison Guard Howell
David Brewer ... Prison Guard Johnson


"There was a time when I believed wholeheartedly my job as a journalist was to get at the truth," are the words spoken by Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist Jack Calvo. A journalist who earned his stripes in Bosnia a decade earlier, Calvo and his colleague Bruce Howard are abducted in Iraq. Calvo is released but not before Howard is killed. Calvo returns to the US with the stain of his colleague's blood on his hands. After a period of remorse, Calvo returns to his job as journalist. His first assignment is to cover the bizarre media circus surrounding a former child actor turned convicted murderer, Billy Spade. Written by MA

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God Puts Us All To The Test


Short | Drama



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Release Date:

1 January 2009 (USA)  »


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Paul Petersen, star of 1950s-1960s "The Donna Reed Show," is the voice of the fictional 1950s TV show "Father's Household". Michael Arturo released a casting notice for the role of "Little Billy Spade" asking for a young Ron Howard "Andy Griffith" era prototype. A month later, Michael landed a role in the present day Ron Howard's new feature "Angels and Demons". Michael Arturo and Mark Arnold were classmates at Boston University. Prison scenes for "An American Journalist" were shot at Lincoln Heights Prison. Michael Arturo worked as a photo double for actor Jeff Goldblum in the TV film "A Journalist in Baghdad" (retitled "War Stories") (2003) also shot at Lincoln Heights Prison. See more »

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