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Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 26 November 2003 (USA)
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The story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was discovered he fabricated over half of his articles from the publication The New Republic magazine.

Director:

Billy Ray

Writers:

Buzz Bissinger (article) (as H.G. Bissinger), Billy Ray
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayden Christensen ... Stephen Glass
Peter Sarsgaard ... Charles 'Chuck' Lane
Chloë Sevigny ... Caitlin Avey
Rosario Dawson ... Andy Fox
Melanie Lynskey ... Amy Brand
Hank Azaria ... Michael Kelly
Steve Zahn ... Adam Penenberg
Mark Blum ... Lewis Estridge
Simone-Élise Girard ... Catarina Bannier
Chad Donella ... David Bach
Jamie Elman ... Aaron Bluth
Luke Kirby ... Rob Gruen
Cas Anvar ... Kambiz Foroohar
Linda Smith Linda Smith ... Gloria (as Linda E. Smith)
Ted Kotcheff ... Marty Peretz
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Storyline

This film tells the true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass (Christensen), who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at "The New Republic" for three years (1995-1998), where 27 of his 41 published stories were either partially or completely made up. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down... Written by Kaliya Warner

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Drama | History

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le mystificateur See more »

Filming Locations:

Bethesda, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,540, 2 November 2003

Gross USA:

$2,220,008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,944,752
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The picture that appears on the upper half of the main poster for the film, (Stephen Glass having news reporters holding microphones up to him) doesn't actually happen in the movie. See more »

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Stephen told Chuck he'll bring his notes when they went to Bethesda to find George Sims, but Stephen ended up not bringing them. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Lane: [Outside the closed restaurant] It was ten people?
Stephen Glass: Yes.
Chuck Lane: For dinner?
Stephen Glass: Yes.
Chuck Lane: [Looking at the business hours sign] They're closed at 3:00 on Sundays.
Stephen Glass: Yeah, I know. I know, they almost didn't let us in. Okay? But it was a couple minutes before 3:00 and Ian looked like he was about ready to cry, and so they said okay.
Chuck Lane: But for dinner?
Stephen Glass: Go in and ask them yourself, Chuck. Okay? Go in and see if they would serve a party that came in at 2:58 and the answer would be yes, because that's when we got here.
Chuck Lane: The ...
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Written by Joey Ramone (as Jeffrey Hyman), Johnny Ramone (as John Cummings), Dee Dee Ramone (as Douglas Colvin) and Tommy Ramone (as Thomas Erdelyi)
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Courtesy of Sire Records
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Well made but it lacks a certain depth.
29 September 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

I still don't know what to really think of this movie. On the one side it's a really made movie, that got well directed and features some fine performances from its actors. But on the other hand it just isn't the most interesting movie ever made because it lacked a certain depth for me. For instance this movie doesn't really explain the things why Stephen Glass did the things he did. We just never get to know what makes him tick and therefore this movie as a character study and character movie (which this movie obviously is) just isn't effective enough.

The movie is perhaps a bit too self aware and ambitious. The movie feels to self righteous at times. It was like the movie had a story and they knew in advance how they wanted the movie to end but somewhat forgot to build up effectively to it and the way the story progresses instead feels very obligatory and also predictable. Basically when you're being objective you'll also notice that the first and the last halve of the movie don't really connect that well and feel quite different from each other. As a matter of fact, halve way through the movie I actually wondered to myself what the point of the first halve of the movie exactly was for the story, since the story really started to take off halve way through.

But no it's not a horrible movie or one that I hated watching, it got too well made for that. Billy Ray is a director with potential but he's more a person who gives more priority to his writing. He wrote a couple of screenplays for some big and successful Hollywood production. He's currently working on the screenplay for the "Westworld" remake.

But what also made this movie such a fine watch was its acting. The foremost reason why this movie didn't became a real box-office success or the reason why this movie isn't really that well known is because Hayden Christensen is playing the main lead. He got criticized a lot for his acting in the new Star Wars movies and he made this movie between "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith". Therefor most people just weren't interest in this movie but in all fairness he is perfectly cast in this movie and plays his role really well. He plays a reporter who is lying to his teeth during the entire movie and he does this very convincing. In the sequences you can tell when he is lying but at the same time you can also somewhat understand why his colleagues still simply believe him and take for granted what he is saying. A great accomplishment from Christensen. But who also deserves credit is Peter Sarsgaard, who perhaps plays the best role out of the movie. Other fine actors such as Chloë Sevigny, Rosario Dawson and Hank Azaria also appear in this movie but I don't know, I just don't feel that there parts are important enough within the movie to really leave an impression.

It's a fine enough watchable little movie but I just wasn't really taken by it.

6/10

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