Henry Hackett (Keaton), the metro editor of the tabloid New York Sun, is a workaholic. His wife Martha is very pregnant and has taken off time from her reporting job, but she's also fed up with Henry's long hours and comparatively low pay. She wants him to take a job being offered by the staid New York Sentinel. But a breaking story about the murder of two out-of-town businessmen and the arrest of two young blacks grabs Henry's attention, right about the time the executive editor Bernie White (Duvall) has ordered managing editor Alicia Clark (Close) to perform cutbacks for financial reasons; there's a power struggle at the paper (mainly between Hackett and Clark) over its editorial direction; AND Henry goes in to the Sentinel for a job interview with Paul Bladden (Spalding Gray in a delightful cameo). Jason Robards appears briefly as the publisher, and Jason Alexander as the New York Parking Commissioner, a hapless victim of the tabloid's coverage. Director Ron Howard presents a brisk, lively story written by David Koepp (later to write Panic Room, Mission: Impossible, and Spider-Man) and his brother Stephen. This 1994 film is not entirely successful but has been somewhat overlooked and underrated.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus