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There are also some good cameos by the late William Kunstler and Jason Robards. There's also a hillarious cameo by Bob Costas which I won't give away, you've just gotta see it:)
Henry Hackett (Michael Keaton) has a grueling job as an editor at The New York Sun (my guess being it's supposed to be a ficitional verison of The New York Post judging by such front page headlines as "No Parking Except For Me" and "Gotcha") that usually keeps him from his wife nine months pregnant wife Martha (Marisa Tomei) 24/7, so she's pressuring him to get a cushier job at The New York Sentinal (fictional version of The New York Times based on their mantra of "We Cover The World.") Henry of course doesn't want to be out of the action that makes him down Cokes and Tums all day, and finds himself subconsciously sabatoging the interview in the pursuit of finding out the truth behind a grizzly murder and exonerate the two boys arrested for the murder whom he knows in his gut are innocent. The movie takes place during these twenty four hours; from battling with bosses, to fights, to shootings to a father trying to make ammends with his daughter he neglected; this movie shows a day in the life of five people as they try to find the truth behind the murder and the truth about their lifes. Because your whole world can change in twenty-four hours.
Some scenes are classics, like when Michael Keaton's character is constantly scrounging for quarters to buy a coke, or when one of the editors is complaining because he wants a specially-designed chair because of his bad back.
I was a reporter when I saw this movie, and I instantly recognized all these characters as variations on the folks I worked with every day. The maniac energy, the ethical criseses, the occasional editor who lives beyond his/her means -- all this stuff really does happen.
Anyone who's serious about being a reporter must rent both this and "All the President's Men".
This is one of those movies where I can truly engage with and in because I actually lived this life. In fact, when I worked at a major daily, my life was pretty much what's seen in the film. Simultaneously completely nuts and heart-pulsing exciting. Working digital media is nowhere near the same experience - not even close.
That this wonderfully insane world is pretty much gone now is just sad. Not for me and the others who got to experience this life, but for all those young people who will never know what it was like to be a part of a news organization that actually worked hard to uncover and deliver verified double-checked stories that mattered. Collated, edited, and compressed for consumption - all before the ever looming Deadline.
Collectively, we were trying to fix our small part of the world - not rabbit a story and parrot others for paid clicks.
At least this film will give a glimpse of the wild ride one could've expected.
Tells the story of Henry Hackett - editor for the Metro Section of the fictional New York Sentinel; covering the city's newsworthy events, politics, and human interest. Anything happening on the planet which has a New Yorker involved - the Metro covers it. And despite the daily chaos, particularly days in NYC, today will be exceptionally nuts. It will be a 24 hour stretch like few before it.
In the early morning hours two black kids are seen running from the murder scene of two white businessmen.
You can already imagine the headlines.
Now, keep in mind this movie was done before the world went politically correct. Today? You'd never hear the race of either suspects or victims.Read more ›
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A movie that upon its initial release do not garner the amount of attention that it deserved but upon viewing it again you find that it was well written and has a top shelf cast. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Ken
NOT a chick flick! (Since so many of my reviews are....) Great portrayal of one day of a newspaper staff! Read morePublished 28 days ago by JustMyOpinion
I am a movie buff. But I had never heard of this film before yesterday. Boy, is this a great movie.
Employing the services of an All-Star ensemble cast, and a script... Read more
Fell in love with this movie and just had to but it after seeing SPOTLIGHT in the theaters 5 times.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I love this movie. First saw it years ago. Interesting that Michael Keaton has come full circle, once again playing an editor in "Spotlight. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rainrunner
One of our family favorites. Fortunate enough to meet one of the writer's, who shared inside stories and swapped newsroom stories. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have loved this Ron Howard film since it was released. Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close and Randy Quaid lead a wonderful ensemble of actors in giving an... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Linda E. Van Horssen
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