Between the Lines (1977) - Rotten Tomatoes

Between the Lines (1977)




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Between the Lines was deftly directed by Joan Micklin Silver on a miniature budget. The drama is set in the offices of an "alternative" newspaper, vaguely reminiscent of The Village Voice (where Silver once worked). The large ensemble cast of then-unknowns is headed by John Heard, playing a photojournalist who takes time off from trying to save the world to have a brief affair with Lindsay Crouse. Other employees and hangers-on include Jeff Goldblum, Jill Eikenberry, Bruno Kirby, Lane Smith and Marilu Henner.

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John Heard
as Harry Lucas
Jeff Goldblum
as Max Arloft
Lane Smith
as Roy Walsh
Marilu Henner
as Danielle
Ray Barry
as Herbert Fisk
Douglas Kenney
as Doug Henkel
Richard Cox
as Wheeler
Guy Boyd
as Austin
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Critic Reviews for Between the Lines

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

Between the Lines is barely about a newspaper at all, more about a bunch of youngish people whose energies are running out, as American counterculture itself had run their course, with the '80s and its hard-nosed principles about to kick in.

March 21, 2019 | Full Review…

For most of its talky running time, Between the Lines is a hangout film in which too few of the characters are good company.

February 23, 2019 | Full Review…

It'll make you miss the storied Phoenix that much more...

August 14, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Imagine if you dropped the cast of Return of the Secaucus Seven into a workplace drama, and you have a good sense of the feel of this small but worthy movie.

July 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Joan Micklin Silver, who also directed Hester Street, has fashioned a film so close to home that it will be hard for any journalist to be disassociated from it.

October 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Part journalism drama, part sex comedy, Between the Lines is an overlooked gem that chronicles the Boomer slide from counterculture to complacency.

July 29, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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