Up Close and Personal

Directed By: Jon Avnet Starring: Robert Redford Michelle Pfeiffer

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Passion brought them together, only success could tear them apart. Tally atwater is young reporter who gets her first break from veteran newsman warren justice. He becomes her mentor and she becomes a respected news anchor, while their personal relationship grows.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 40114671
UPC 717951003447
UPC 14 00717951003447
Format DVD
Release Date 12/29/2009
Rating Rating
Love Story
Personal Triumph
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Aspiring on-air reporter Tally Atwater (Michelle Pfieffer) may be lovely and ambitious, but she lacks talent. That changes, however, after Warren Justice (Robert Redford), a former White House correspondent turned Miami news director, discovers her. As he carefully guides her career to new heights, Warren and Tally become increasingly attracted to each other, and begin a romance. Soon, a star is born in Tally, who rises through the ranks of network news - while Warren's once-stellar career sinks into the depths of mediocrity. Furthermore, Tally's ascension takes her away from her lover/mentor, when she is forced to relocate to Philadelphia. Tally struggles to stay afloat at her new assignment while dodging jabs from Marcia McGrath (Stockard Channing), a veteran warhorse reporter who jealously protects her position as number one. Finally Warren turns up to inspire Tally and the two partners begin a new career together. However, on a routine assignment in a Philadelphia prison Tally and her cameraman are taken hostage in a prison riot and forced to endure hours of intense violence.Tally bravely covers the groundbreaking story from within the walls of the collapsing prison as Warren looks on from outside, guiding her through her first national broadcast. This incredible act of bravery leads to Tally's eagerily anticipated advancement to a national network newscaster position and the continuation of the dynamic duo's rise to fame.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "He never made the Grenada invasion.... It coincided with an unbreakable periodontal appointment." -- Warren Justice (ROBERT REDFORD), about a fellow journalist.
Quote "She eats the lens." -- Warren Justice (ROBERT REDFORD), after he sees Tally Atwater (MICHELLE PFEIFFER) appear on camera for the first time.
Quote "Every day we have is one more than we deserve." -- Warren Justice (ROBERT REDFORD), to Tally Atwater (MICHELLE PFEIFFER).
Quote "Do you want to be with me?" -- Tally Atwater (MICHELLE PFEIFFER), to Warren Justice (ROBERT REDFORD)|"So much it hurts." -- Warren Justice, in response.
Quote "He's just stupid. He's an anchor." -- Warren Justice (ROBERT REDFORD), about an obnoxious anchorman who has argued with Tally Atwater (MICHELLE PFEIFFER).
Quote "If it bleeds, it leads." -- Warren Justice (ROBERT REDFORD), about his system of picking a lead news story to be aired.
Quote "Is that actually a banana daiquiri?... [bitterly adding] Spring break, Lauderdale." -- Marcia McGrath (STOCKARD CHANNING), to Tally Atwater (MICHELLE PFEIFFER)
Quote "Yesterday's history. News happens today." -- Warren Justice (ROBERT REDFORD)
Rolling Stone "...A crowd-pleasing love story....Redford is a master at using the mainstream to his own subversive ends..." 03/21/1996 p.103-4
New York Times "...An alluring throwback to the days when movie-star romance really lighted up the screen..." 03/01/1996 p.C1
Los Angeles Times "...Always genuine and alive on screen, and actress who never makes a wrong move, Pfeiffer simply compels belief in her character....This is the kind of rich performance any of the old queens of Hollywood would envy..." 03/01/1996 p.F1
Jon Avnet
Robert Redford
Michelle Pfeiffer
Cast & Crew
Joe Mantegna - Actor
Michelle Pfeiffer - Actor
Robert Redford - Actor
Stockard Channing - Actor
Jon Avnet - Director
Karl Walter Lindenlaub - Director of Photography
Thomas Newman - Musical Score
Jon Avnet, et al. - Producer
John Gregory Dunne - Writer
Joan Didion - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1996
Catalog ID 17634
UPC 00717951003447
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1997) Diane Warren, Nominee, Best Music, Song
Golden Globe (1997) Diane Warren, Nominee, Best Original Song, Motion Picture
ReviewSource The New York Times
Review ...[the movie] works as an alluring throwback to the days when movie-star romance really lighted up the screen. Its guilty pleasures are ones we all remember and plenty of us miss... the stars' roles are tailor-made to their talents...
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Redford,Robert
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Rolling Stone Crowd-pleasing!
Newsweek Redford and Pfeiffer turn up the heat!
Gene Shalit, NBC-TV Sensational!

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