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Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995)

The fact-based true story of the rapid rise to fame and untimely death of Jessica Savitch - one of America's first female news anchors.

Director:

Peter Werner

Writer:

Linda Bergman
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sela Ward ... Jessica Savitch
Ron Silver ... Ron Kershaw
Judith Ivey ... Laura McCormick
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Mel Korn
William Converse-Roberts ... Donald
Sean McCann
Randy Means Randy Means ... Terry Wills
Jason Blicker ... Adam Murphy
Chuck Shamata ... Al Binder
Maruska Stankova Maruska Stankova ... Lilyan Wilder
Jeff Pustil Jeff Pustil ... Jody Simons
Lawrence Dane ... Emmertz Canterbury
John Bolger ... Martin Fishbein
Dini Petty Dini Petty ... Lillie Werner
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Buddy Savitch
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The fact-based true story of the rapid rise to fame and untimely death of Jessica Savitch - one of America's first female news anchors. Written by Rick Hudson <rick@actrix.gen.nz>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almost Golden See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sela Ward had never seen the newsbreak that caused the downturn in Savitch's career (where she appeared drugged on camera), and gave her performance based on eyewitness stories about it. A video copy turned up later, but it was decided not to reshoot the scene. See more »

Goofs

During a newsroom meeting on the "baby story", it is said that telephone callers wanted to know if the 6:00 story would be repeated at 10:00. In Philadelphia, the nighttime news program by the NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates have always been aired at 11:00. See more »

Quotes

[after Jessica's off-air tirade]
Lady in control room: I haven't seen anything like her or that in my life. You talk about better living through chemistry.
Engineer Craig: Whatever she's on, that is a keeper.
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Connections

References Frontline (1983) See more »

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Do we all really get what we deserve?
31 January 2000 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

My mom read Jessica Savitch's bio and claimed it was nothing like this film. Like all life histories put on film, this one jumped around too fast, left out too much, then added a lot of entertaining fiction. If this woman acted in her life like she did in this picture, she certainly got just what she wanted. What a manipulative monster - arrogant, egotistical, cranky, power hungry, and for what? Adulation? From who? This was an entertaining movie with good acting and an interesting story; I just didn't take it too seriously.


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