Between the Lines (Blu-ray)

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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 18, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1977
  • Label: Cohen Film Collection
  • Encoding: Region A

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 13


User Ratings: 118
Rating: B- -- The film serves more as a showcase for its talented performers (John Heard, Jeff Goldblum, Lindsay Crouse) than as critical view of the underground press or a compelling study of disenchantment among 1960s radicals. Full Review
May 1, 2006
... a film that connects very directly with a vital and apparently spontaneous style, close to films like Next Stop, Greenwich Village, by Paul Mazursky, or even Easy Rider... [Full review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Feb 7, 2018
...Appealing, low-key, counter-culture....[The performances] are uniformly first-rate...
New York Times
Apr 28, 1977
Rating: B -- Boston audiences will be treated to location shots of Harvard Square in its pre-globalization heyday while cinephiles will delight in early performances of stars like Jeff Goldblum before they were known... Full Review
Reeling Reviews
Jun 13, 2019
Rating: 3/4 -- As alternative newsweeklies continue to disappear at an alarming rate, soon to become as extinct as dinosaurs, Between the Lines takes on an even greater nostalgic vibe than ever before. Full Review
Film Frenzy
Jun 22, 2019
Films about intrepid reporters are myriad ... but did anyone ever write a screenplay about Wayne Barrett and Robert Christgau's pioneering years at The Village Voice? Full Review
Screen Slate
Mar 2, 2019
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. Full Review
Film Comment Magazine
Mar 21, 2019

Product Description:

BETWEEN THE LINES evokes nostalgia as a rather Chekhovian portrait of a group of charmingly naive idealists on the eve of the destruction of their own particular "cherry orchard." Starring John Heard as Harry Lucas, ace reporter of an underground paper loosely based on the Boston Phoenix during the early 1970s, the film offers an amusingly low-key take on the relationships and emotional travails of the paper's youthful staff. Harry is beginning to lose his belief in his work and is trying to resume his on-again, off-again relationship with photographer Abbie (Lindsay Crouse). Max Arloft (Jeff Goldblum) is panhandling his colleagues rather than working, and Steven Entwhistle (Bruno Kirby) is eagerly trying to break into journalism. BETWEEN THE LINES is an enjoyable film, enhanced by an excellent cast, including Marilu Henner, Stephen Collins, Jill Eikenberry, and Lane Smith--all near the beginning of their careers.

Plot Synopsis:

This 1970s ensemble comedy stars John Heard as Harry, hot reporter of an underground newspaper loosely based on the early years of the Boston Phoenix. The film offers an amusingly low-key take on the vagaries of the lives of the paper's staff, who are unaware that their counterculture journal is about to become the next link in a corporate newpaper chain. The outstanding cast includes Jeff Goldbum, Lindsay Crouse, Jill Eikenberry, Bruno Kirby, Gwenn Welles, Stephen Collins, and Marilu Henner, in the early days of their careers. The film is directed by Joan Micklin Silver (CROSSING DELANCEY).


Production Notes:

  • The film was shot on location in Cambridge and Boston, MA.

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