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The Front Page (1974)

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The ruthless managing editor of a Chicago newspaper angrily learns his ace reporter plans to leave the paper to get married. While he trains a replacement, all hell breaks loose and a convicted killer escapes from right under the nose of a bumbling sheriff.

Rating: PG (N/A)
Genre: Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Classics , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: I. A. L. Diamond , Billy Wilder , I.A.L. Diamond
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 15, 1998
Runtime:
Universal Pictures

Cast


as Hildy Johnson

as Walter Burns

as Mollie Malloy

as Peggy Grant

as Bensinger

as Earl Williams

as Schwartz

as Dr. Eggelhofer

as The Mayor

as Rudy Keppler

as Endicott

as Plunkett

as Cab Driver

as Telegrapher

as Police Dispatcher
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Critic Reviews for The Front Page

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

It relies too much on foul language, inappropriate slapstick, and superficial cynicism.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even though the mechanics and demands of movie-making slow what should be the furious tempo, this Front Page displays a giddy bitterness that is rare in any films except those of Mr. Wilder. It is also, much of the time, extremely funny.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

This third version of the 1928 smash play is only mildly entertaining; Billy Wilder has no new take on the text and his stars may be too old.

Full Review… | February 22, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Full of wonderful comedic business, throw-away lines and some effortless ensemble set pieces, The Front Page bristles with its collection of talents on both sides of the camera.... It's that Billy Wilder touch of hurtful grains of truth inside every com

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
Urban Cinefile

This slick remake of the ebullient original falls short of being the film it could have been, despite the presence of master filmmaker Wilder and his engaging costars.

Full Review… | August 14, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Front Page

A reporter and his editor cover the politically motivated, impending execution of a Communist sympathizer.
A slap-dash, map-cap film filled with sharp dialogue, The Front Page is reminiscent of older films that accentuated good writing and fast-paced dialogue -- none of this subtext shit. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are at their comic best, spitting their lines out like the clacking of typewriter keys. From the "they don't make 'em like they used to" file, this film is a quick-witted ride that seems like the only thing it's missing is a Groucho Marx pun and a wave of a cigar.
However, at the end of all the shenanigans, I can't say that there's a lot of substance to the film. Each character is flat, and a young Susan Sarandon plays Peggy the way she's written -- as an annoying house frau wannabe whose sole ambition is joy-sucking her soon-to-be husband. There aren't many surprises in the plot.
Overall, I suppose that many of my criticisms judge the film on terms it doesn't subscribe to because in the end The Front Page wants to be fun and it is.

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hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

So, His Girl Friday is my favorite movie, like, ever. And this adaptation is certainly missing that *thing* that makes His Girl Friday king. His Girl Friday has a kind of lyrical, musical quality about it that makes it fun, fast-paced and AMAZING. This, is a movie. And painfully so.
I watched this because of Jack Lemmon. And he was quite good. But not quite Rosalind Russell. I think he could have pulled off the fast-paced dialog that Hawks introduced too.
Overall, glad I watched it, but Grant and Russell do it MUCH better.

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MeetMeinMontauk
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

½

This is actually a remake of an older movie, which was a remake of an older movie too, so it's nothing new. It's pretty funny in some scenes, but that's about all I liked about it. It's pretty good, but it could be better.

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AJ Verser

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