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Scandal Sheet (1985)

PG | | Drama | TV Movie 21 January 1985
The publisher of a celebrity gossip tabloid sets out to destroy an aging actor, whose career is foundering and who is also facing a battle with alcoholism.


David Lowell Rich


Howard Rodman

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Harold Fallen
Lauren Hutton ... Meg North
Pamela Reed ... Helen Grant
Robert Urich ... Ben Rowan
Peter Jurasik ... Simon McKey
Bobby Di Cicco ... Platte (as Bobby DiCicco)
Trey Wilson ... Paul Brown
Susan Peretz ... Missus Hart
Penelope Windust
Douglas Rowe ... (as Doug Rowe)
Belita Moreno
Jim Baker ... (as Jim B. Baker)
Lois De Banzie Lois De Banzie ... Mrs. Skye (as Lois de Banzie)
Frances McDormand
Rance Howard ... Mr. Bell


The publisher of a celebrity gossip tabloid sets out to destroy an aging actor, whose career is foundering and who is also facing a battle with alcoholism.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, brief sensuality and mild language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

21 January 1985 (USA) See more »

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The Devil's Bed See more »

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1.33 : 1
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At the checkout counter in the grocery store Helen's son picks up the same tin of cookies twice. See more »


Remake of Scandal Sheet (1952) See more »

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Hunseker Redux
30 October 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In a recent biography of Burt Lancaster , Henry Winkler who was the producer of Scandal Sheet said that he wanted Burt Lancaster for the part of the supermarket tabloid media mogul in the film. Winkler said he imagined what J.J. Hunseker which was one of Lancaster's most acclaimed roles in the 50s in Sweet Smell Of Success would do in this day and age's media.

I think Scandal Sheet provides the answer as Lancaster channels his old role as the Broadway gossip columnist based on Walter Winchell to the 80s. Here Lancaster is the mega rich owner of a supermarket channel rag and he hires Pamela Reed who is a freelance writer published in more respectable journals for his publication. Reed is a single mother of Bobby Jacoby and there are way too much fringe benefits and salary to refuse.

The real purpose in hiring her was to get the inside dope on fading film star Robert Urich. Reed knew Urich and his wife Lauren Hutton back in the day.

Hutton has been offered a big movie role, but she won't do it without Urich and no movie company will insure him. Hutton has put up her salary as the guarantor of Urich. As for Urich he's a man trying to kick the alcohol habit. It all ends badly.

The lure of money and the good life it can bring is the real subject of Scandal Sheet and Pamela Reed is the real protagonist of the movie. The reason for watching Scandal Sheet is to see how she handles it. Integrity is nice and honorable, but it can be expensive.

The Urich/Hutton part of the story is based I believe on Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. Garbo tried to rescue Gilbert who was falling into dissipation as his career was circling the bowl after talkies came in. She insisted on and did Queen Christina with Gilbert and while he got good reviews it did nothing to save his career. There's a bit A Star Is Born in this as well.

In the supporting cast look for Peter Jurasik as Lancaster's second in command. What a lizard that one is, but a great performance.

Scandal Sheet is a disturbing, but excellent made for TV film.

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