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Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 26 November 2003 (USA)
The story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was discovered he fabricated over half of his articles from the publication The New Republic magazine.

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This film tells the true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass (Christensen), who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at "The New Republic" for three years (1995-1998), where 27 of his 41 published stories were either partially or completely made up. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down... Written by Kaliya Warner

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Read between the lies. See more »

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Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$77,540 (USA) (2 November 2003)

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$2,220,008 (USA)
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When David shows up late in the office to give Stephen Glass some coffee, Stephen's computer screen shows him building a website for "Jukt Micronics." In the DVD commentary, Billy Ray and Charles Lane said he was building the website to cover his tracks for the next day. See more »

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Chuck tells Stephen the writers from Forbes Magazine can look up the records in the office building where the National Assembly supposedly took place. This is inaccurate because the writers from Forbes Magazine are not a government agency therefore the owners of the office building aren't legally obligated to provide those records because it would be considered privileged information. See more »

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Marty Peretz: [Over the phone] Hey chuck I have an uncomfortable situation and I thought you might be able to help me out
Chuck Lane: Sure
Marty Peretz: It's about Mike it hasn't been working out for some time as you know I think the trouble with the magazine is that it's gotten too nasty it's strayed from tradition I'm going to be making changes
Chuck Lane: I see
Marty Peretz: I'd like you to become editor
Chuck Lane: Editor?
Marty Peretz: There's a catch though mike doesn't know so it'll be two or three days before I tell him it'll have to remain between us would that'd be a problem ...
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Liar, liar
9 November 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is, without a doubt, one of the best films of the current season. It is a movie that makes one think about our values, and above all, how low will some people go to get their 15 minutes worth of fame by lying, cheating and taking down the same institutions they are trying to break into.

The idea of this picture is based on actual facts, so there is nothing fabricated in it, as we are presented an ambitious man working his way up the editorial ladder. Stephen Glass, is such a person. This is a very intelligent individual who goes to extremes to write fiction and make the reader believe that what he is reading is fact. Heaven help us from the Stephen Glasses of the world.

Stephen Glass was the perfect person to be hired by the New Republic, a magazine for the elite. It is a magazine that prides itself in only running text and no pictures. Well, it would have helped the publication to have demanded photographic proof from Mr. Glass, as the receptionist clearly points out at the end.

The cast assembled by director Billy Ray for this film is flawless. The work of Hayden Christensen as Stephen Glass, and Peter Sarsgaard as Jack Lane are brilliant. This was an inspired choice as both bring to the film the right tone, complementing one another. These actors will go far, no doubt.

The ensemble cast is also very effective. Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Hank Azaria and Steve Zahn make you believe they are the people they are supposedly playing, which, in itself, is no small accomplishment.


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