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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stockard Channing, Joe Mantegna, Kate Nelligan
  • Directors: Jon Avnet
  • Writers: Alanna Nash, Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne
  • Producers: Jon Avnet, David Nicksay, Ed Hookstratten, John Foreman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • VHS Release Date: March 4, 1997
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304147139
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hollywood favorites Robert Redford (SPY GAME) and Michelle Pfeiffer (I AM SAM) sizzle together in this acclaimed story of heated passion and burning ambition! When aspiring news reporter Tally Atwater (Pfeiffer) tries to break into television, only veteran newsman Warren Justice (Redford) will give her a shot. In time, he teaches her everything she knows about news ... and she teaches him how to love again! But with her rise from local TV weather girl to network anchor, Tally and Warren must balance the dream of success ... with their desire for each other. Also featuring Celine Dion's #1 hit single "Because You Loved Me" -- you'll find this entertaining motion picture an absolute must-see!

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Here's a classic Hollywood star vehicle. Up Close and Personal--the story of Tally Atwater (Michelle Pfeiffer), an inexperienced but ambitious TV news personality, and her well-weathered journalistic mentor, Warren Justice (Robert Redford)--was carefully tailored to fit its stars. What began as a screenplay based on the biography of troubled TV anchorwoman Jessica Savitch (Golden Girl, by Alanna Nash) took more than eight years to reach the screen, written and rewritten, on and off, over the years by husband-and-wife team John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion, mainly because they needed the work to qualify for the splendid Writers' Guild health-insurance plan. Although the considerable charisma of Pfeiffer and Redford go a long way, in many respects Nash's original nonfiction book (and even Dunne's peculiarly disingenuous "insider" account of the writing of the screenplay, Monster: Living Off the Big Screen) offers tales more compelling than the one that eventually made it to the screen. But, all things considered, that's a little like comparing apples and oranges, since the slick Up Close and Personal bears about as much resemblance to its gritty original source material as...well, an apple does to an orange. Critic Roger Ebert, who awarded the movie three stars, nevertheless said he was reminded of the time producer Samuel Goldwyn commissioned a screenplay about the Lindbergh kidnapping. Only, to quote Goldwyn, "it can't be about kidnapping, which is against the Code. For legal reasons, we have to change the name from Lindbergh. And the kid's father shouldn't fly." Read the book, see the movie, read the book about writing the movie. Anyone interested in how movies are made will learn an entertaining lesson about the studio system by devouring all three. --Jim Emerson

Customer Reviews

Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer have incredible chemistry together.
Kristyn Pleva (kristyn_ep@hotmail.com)
This movie will have you going through the tissues by the box fulls, so you better stock up!!!!
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This is one of the first movies I can say that I made me cry at the end that I love.
Josefina Grimesey

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By D. Litton on April 6, 2000
Format: DVD
Up Close and Personal does the impossible: it manages to jump from different settings within two hours and shift its plot while keeping the audience wanting more and more. Pfeiffer stars as a reporter, Tally, who has always aspired to make it to the top in television news. Along the way, she meets a veteran newsman, Warren Justice (Robert Redford), who gives her a chance at a reporter. As she begins to mature in her stories and her thirst for knowledge heightens, she begins to turn heads in the news business, and ends up moving from a station in Miami to a station in Philadelphia. All the while, Tally and Warren struggle to keep alive a relationship that both know is inevitable. Performances from all actors are very original and heartfelt, under Jon Avnet's wonderful direction. Thomas Newman's score is brilliant, and fits in at every moment to add to the emotional appeal of the movie. A storyline that never stops moving at times keeps the energy alive, which makes this movie one that will please most people.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Movie Mania VINE VOICE on July 27, 2006
Format: DVD
Robert Redford starred in one of the undisputed great romance films of all time, The Way We Were. Up Close and Personal takes many aspects of this film plus many other great romance classics, like Pygmalion and A Star is Born.

Sally Atwater (Michelle Pfeiffer) is an ambitious woman who wants to break into the nightly news game. She fakes an audition tape and sends it every news department. She gets a bite from a small station in Miami. Channel 9 news is headed by veteran Warren Justice (Redford). He immediately sees through Sally's disguise but he sees something in her.

Sally keeps on trying and absorbing everything about the news. And one day, the weatherman walks off and Warren puts Sally on (but changes her name to Tally.) Tally is an unmitigated flop but according to Warren "the camera eats her up." Warren takes her under his wing and turns her into a first rate journalist. Eventually, she becomes an anchor.

During a sweeps story at a penitentiary, Tally gets caught up in a prison revolt. But this gives her a unique opportunity, she is the only reporter on the inside. Her coverage goes national and she becomes a media sensation. It's not long before the networks come knocking on her door but Warren has escaped that rat race and is not interested in returning.

With Tally a star, Warren decides that it is time to get back into the game but on his own terms.

This is the return of Redford, the romantic actor. He proves two decades later he still has it. Pfeiffer, like her character, was coming still coming up and this helped prove she could handle a romantic lead. This film also features two great supporting performances from Stockard Channing and Kate Nelligan as two of Warren's exes.

This is a great date film or to watch after a break-up. And it has the only great Celine Dion song - Because You Love Me.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Josefina Grimesey on February 21, 2003
Format: DVD
This is one of the first movies I can say that I made me cry at the end that I love. Redford and Pfeiffer are AWESOME and it had all the things a movie must have; action, romance, and humor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 25, 2006
Format: DVD
This is an absolutely wonderful movie. I have watched it countless times, and I never tire of it. Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford were brilliant in this movie. I love romance, and this movie is entertaining. The storyline kept my interest, and I cried EVERY time I watched it. Each time I watch the movie, I notice more details. When I went to see it at the movies, there wasn't a dry eye in the theater. It was wonderful to see Sally Atwater transform herself into Tally Atwater. She pulled herself up by her boot straps, with a strong, supportive partner by her side. Warren Justice was a strong journalist who refused to sacrifice his integrity or his principles for the network. I liked the way that a clip from one of Redford's movies back in his younger days was used to portray Justice in younger days. The plot and storyline were excellent. I only have one minor detail to speak of. I like Michelle Pfeiffer much better as a blonde. Towards the end of the movie, "Tally" had a makeover and became a brunette. Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me" was the perfect theme song for the movie. I had never watched very many of Pfeiffer or Redford's movies before, but this definitely made me a fan. I am a journalist/ writer myself, and the movie was excellent. Stockard Channing was also very good in the supporting role. I definitely give this one five stars. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Holly Golightly on September 11, 2002
Format: DVD
I honestly cannot see why so many people disliked this movie. It's about a girl who, instead of accepting the life fate has given her, is willing to so anything to make her dreams come true. She doesn't just sit around and dream about it, she gets off her butt and does it, which is probably more than of the reviewers who are dissing her character and calling her weak can say.
I also didn't think the acting was bad at all; it was really good actually. Most of my girlfriends liked this movie. It's kind of a chick flick though.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kristyn Pleva (kristyn_ep@hotmail.com) on November 26, 1998
Format: VHS Tape
Up Close & Personal is a wonderful movie. Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer have incredible chemistry together. Ms. Pfeiffer plays Tally Atwater, a young woman who wants to be a news reporter. Mr. Redford plays Warren Justice, the man who teaches Tally all he knows about the business. They realize their love when Tally starts to go places.
Tally sends her resume to stations everywhere, but only WMIA-Miami responds. Warren hires her as his secretary, and finally lets her on-screen as the weather girl. Of course, she fails, but Warren sees her potential. All her hard work pays off when she meets Bucky, an agent who sends her to Philadelphia. Without Warren, though, she can't get the hang of big city news. Bucky talks to Warren about Tally, and he soon flies off to join her.
Tally gets her big network break when she interviews inmates for a special report on prisons. While she is there, a jail break occurs. She is forced to do nation-wide live broadcasts, while Warren sits on the sides, sometimes able to communicate with her and sometimes not.
After she goes to the major network, Warren realizes he needs to get back into the swing of things. He decides to investigate how the people of Panama feel about gaining possesion of the Canal in 1999. What happens next is the real suprise, so I'll let you watch to find out!
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