Scandal Sheet (1985)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Media Satire, Showbiz Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Burt Lancaster is eminently hissable as a tabloid publisher in the made-for-TV Scandal Sheet. The current target of Lancaster's smears is alcoholic actor Robert Urich, who is on the verge of making a comeback through the auspices of his movie-star wife Lauren Hutton. Ruthlessly going after Urich merely for the purpose of selling newspapers, Lancaster "persuades" impoverished reporter Pamela Reed, the best friend of Urich and Hutton, to help him wield the hatchet. Sublimely trashy, Scandal Sheet is held together by the despicably dynamic performance of Burt Lancaster. The film was of course made long before tabloid publishers were being lauded as "news analysts" on TV talk shows.

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tabloid, movie-star, reporter, comeback, actor, alcoholism, publisher, husband-and-wife, stars [celebrities]