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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. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi


Awarded by
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Joan Micklin Silver New Generation Award 1977 Winner


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


Joan Micklin Silver
Raphael Silver
David Helpern
Screen Story
Fred Barron
Fred Barron
Screen Story
Kenneth Van Sickle
Michael Kamen
Composer (Music Score)
Stuart Wurtzel
Production Designer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein
Costume Designer
Nigel Noble
Sound/Sound Designer