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Lip Service (1988)

A young news reporter schemes to take over the job of a veteran news anchor whose ratings he's been hired to promote.

Director:

William H. Macy (as W.H. Macy)

Writers:

Howard Korder (play), Howard Korder (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Griffin Dunne ... Lennard 'Len' Burdette
Paul Dooley ... Gilbert 'Gil' Hutchinson
Jonathan Katz ... Jerry
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Debbie
John C. Jones John C. Jones ... Hank
Felicity Huffman ... Woman P.A.
Scott Zigler Scott Zigler ... Salesman #1
Colin Stinton ... Salesman #2
Christopher Kaldor Christopher Kaldor ... 'Hunter' (Ken)
Raynor Scheine ... Walter the 'Weather Moose'
Brenda Huggins Brenda Huggins ... Reporter
Michael Feingold Michael Feingold ... Warren Yarlsberg
Lois Taylor Lois Taylor ... Teacher #1
Paul Krafin Paul Krafin ... Teacher #2
Hoda Baron Hoda Baron ... Teacher #3
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A young news reporter schemes to take over the job of a veteran news anchor whose ratings he's been hired to promote.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1994 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Audience ad ogni costo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of William H. Macy. See more »

Quotes

Gilbert 'Gil' Hutchinson: I don't want you to be my friend, I don't want you to know anything about me. You press yourself, you respect no boundaries, you promote shallowness as a virtue, and I don't like you!
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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Tool Calender Girl
Written and Performed by David Yazbek
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Good and incisive; an unsung gem
25 September 1999 | by AnonIISee all my reviews

This non-theatrical, HBO TV movie is as good and incisive a comedic look at the lower levels of the TV-station/news business as the classic Network(1976) is to the upper echelons. Dunne & Dooley excel in this all but unseen, unacclaimed,subtly ruthless spoof of the (lack of) values, the disloyalty and insincerity, and the ignorance of mediocre TV talents.

I didn't realize that William Macy directed this early effort until I discovered the fact here. Not surprised. The wit and intelligent restraint he exhibits as an actor ("Fargo," Pleasantville," even "Civil Action") are evident here, too. And there's Felicity Huffman in an early acting turn, too.


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