Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1994. Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment. Screenplay by David Koepp, Stephen Koepp. Cinematography by John Seale. Produced by Brian Grazer, Frederick Zollo. Music by Randy Newman. Production Design by Todd Hallowell. Costume Design by Rita Ryack. Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill. Academy Awards 1994.
Michael Keaton is excellent as a tabloid reporter whose one twenty-four hour day is the subject of this fast-paced comedy/drama. He has to contend with a hot, breaking story involving a murder in downtown New York, a bitchy editor (Glenn Close) who prefers sales over integrity, a severely pregnant wife (Marisa Tomei) who goes into labour, and an interview with a swanky newspaper for a job that could change his life forever. Featuring quick, relentless editing and tight direction by Ron Howard, this one gets so intense it will leave you with an ulcer.