Between the Lines

Between the Lines

Director: Joan Micklin Silver Cast: John Heard, Lindsay Crouse, Jeff Goldblum


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Director Joan Micklin Silver's follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Hester Street, is a more ambitious film that manages to be both an entertaining comedy and a pointed look at the corrupting power of money on an idealistic enterprise. Writer Fred Barron's characters are all associated with a weekly alternative newspaper in Boston, modeled after the Phoenix. (Silver did once work on the Village Voice, but this enterprise is several rungs below that esteemed paper.) Harry (John Heard) is an ambitious reporter romantically involved with Abbie (Lindsay Crouse), the paper's star photographer. Michael (Stephen Collins) is a writer trying to work on a novel and stay faithful to his loving wife, Laura (Gwen Welles), while Max (Jeff Goldblum), the paper's rock critic, shamelessly uses his job to try to pick up women. Lynn (Jill Eikenberry), a typist who is the paper's mother-hen figure, is also its most principled employee. When a publishing mogul (Lane Smith) buys the paper and promises changes that will compromise its aggressive political stance in favor of more "lifestyle" articles, Lynn resigns, and it's clear to the group that their carefree days are behind them.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2019
UPC: 0741952852490
Original Release: 1977
Rating: R
Source: Cohen Media Group
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 26,543

Special Features

New Interview with Director John Micklin Silver; Original Trailer; 2018 Re-release Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Heard Harry
Lindsay Crouse Abbie
Jeff Goldblum Max
Jill Eikenberry Lynn
Bruno Kirby David
Gwen Welles Laura
Stephen Collins Michael
Lewis J. Stadlen Stanley
Michael J. Pollard Hawker
Lane Smith Roy Walsh
Marilu Henner Danielle
Susan Haskins Sarah
Raymond J. Barry Herbert Fisk
Douglas Kenney Doug Henkel
Jon Korkes Frank
Joe Morton Ahmed
Richard Cox Wheeler
Gary Springer Jason
Charles Levin Paul
Guy Boyd Austin
Robert Costanzo Austin's Men
Allison Argo Dancer

Technical Credits
Joan Micklin Silver Director
Fred Barron Original Story,Screenwriter
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Costumes/Costume Designer
John Carter Editor
David Helpern Original Story
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Nigel Noble Sound/Sound Designer
Raphael Silver Producer
Kenneth Van Sickle Cinematographer
Steven Van Zandt Score Composer
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Between the Lines
1. A Job To Do [10:26]
2. Death Of The Counterculture [9:39]
3. What We Used To Be [10:26]
4. A Writer's Worth [11:12]
5. Come On By [6:49]
6. Performance Art [9:23]
7. A Not So Good Time [11:44]
8. Jealousy [9:27]
9. In Too Deep [10:52]
10. What Comes Next [11:34]
11. Chapter 11 [:01]

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