The Late Shift Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for The Late Shift the Movie

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Cable adaptation of Bill Carter's book chronicling the follies surrounding NBC's "The Tonight Show" succession battle between Jay Leno (Roebuck) and Dave Letterman (Higgins). It's the behind-the-scenes dealmakers that really steal the show, however, including Jay's profane manager Helen Kushnick (Bates) and superagent Michael Ovitz (Williams), who ultimately orchestrated Dave's move to rival CBS. Both Letterman and Leno made the movie/book fodder for their opening monlogues.


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Available on VHS
Running time 96 minutes.

Cast and Crew

True Stories, Mass Media, Corporate Shenanigans, This Is Your Life
Bill Carter, George Armitage
Daniel Roebuck, John Michael Higgins, Kathy Bates, Treat Williams, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Rich Little, Sandra Bernhard, Peter Jurasik, Reni Santoni, John Kapelos, John Getz, Lawrence Pressman
Mac Ahlberg
Betty Thomas
Ira Newborn
Don Carmody, Ivan Reitman, Northern Lights

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