Up Close & Personal 1996

Up Close & Personal

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Up Close & Personal wastes its superstar leads and compelling fact-inspired story on a treacly romance bereft of onscreen chemistry.

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Warren Justice (Robert Redford), a producer for a Miami news program, watches an audition tape from a young Nevada woman named Sally Atwater (Michelle Pfeiffer) and decides to hire her. Under Warren's mentorship, Sally rises from gofer to on-air personality, and eventually gets a job in Philadelphia, a more prestigious market. There, she tussles with veteran anchorperson Marcia McGrath (Stockard Channing) and lands a story that catapults her to national prominence.

Cast & Crew

Robert Redford
Warren Justice
Michelle Pfeiffer
Sally, Tally Atwater
Stockard Channing
Marcia McGrath
Joe Mantegna
Bucky Terranova
Kate Nelligan
Joanna Kennelly
Glenn Plummer
Ned Jackson
James Rebhorn
John Merino
Scott Bryce
Rob Sullivan
Raymond Cruz
Fernando Buttanda
DeDee Pfeiffer
Luanne Atwater
Jon Avnet
Director
Jon Avnet
Producer
Joan Didion
Screenwriter
Thomas Newman
Original Music
David Rubin
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Critic Reviews for Up Close & Personal

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  • Oct 01, 2013
    A little long. The ending was very sad.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2011
    Pfeiffer stars as Tally aka Sally who is a young and naive journalist who desperately wants to become a news anchor & enlists the help of a news director, Warren Justice (Robert Redford), to help Tally accomplish her dreams. With a beautiful and tragic story of true love and Celine Dion's Because You Love Me, this movie is simply wonderful and incredibly touching and holds a special place in my heart.
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i30.tinypic.com/hs3ss6.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> I simply love Robert Redford in every movie he was in.Up close and personal was just a nice romance drama in the broadcast world.There were so many good things about this movie and there were some flaws too.Robert and Michelle had great chemistry and I liked the way he looked at her, the things he said to her, what he did for her to help her become what she wanted to be. So nice and romantic. Overall the movie was just okay.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2009
    A story about a career television journalist who eclipses her mentor, this drama's plot resembles that of A Star Is Born, and it shares the same screenwriters as those who penned the 1976 version of that film, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion. It's based loosely on the real-life story of newscaster Jessica Savitch. Sally Atwater (Michelle Pfieffer) gets a job at a Miami TV station based on a demo tape from her hometown of Reno, Nevada. The station's news director is Warren Justice (Robert Redford), a former high-profile Washington newsman whose career has suffered from his insistence on integrity. He makes Sally his gofer and criticizes her clothes and appearance while she begs him for a chance to go on-air. She becomes the station's weathercaster and Warren gives her the stage name of Tally. With Warren's constant advice, she breaks into news reporting and her star rises quickly as the two become romantically involved. She takes a better job in Philadelphia, with Warren's blessing, and there she soon eclipses the anchorwoman Marcia McGrath (Stockard Channing). From there, Tally's career continues to flourish, while her relationship with Warren takes some strange twists and turns.
    Martin D Super Reviewer

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