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The American Snitch (1983)

Satire spoof about a "National Enquirer"-type tabloid, featuring a cast of celebrity look-alikes.

Director:

Richard A. Harris

Writers:

Scott Johnston (screenplay) (as Scott Johnson), Scott Johnston (story) (as Scott Johnson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred McCarren ... Jeff Morton
Lane Smith ... Chuck Maxwell
André De Shields ... Russ
George Lindsey ... Zeke
Toni Kalem ... Holly
Tom Aldredge ... Captain Crackers
Sully Boyar ... Pommeranz
Jerome Dempsey ... Gerry
Tom McCleister ... Shapiro
Alan Rosen Alan Rosen ... J.D.
John T. Quern John T. Quern ... Norman (as John Quern)
Carleton Carpenter ... Arthur
Lianne Kressin Lianne Kressin ... Agnes
T. Edward Reece T. Edward Reece ... Larry
Iris Little Thomas ... Julia (as Iris Little-Roberts)
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Satire spoof about a "National Enquirer"-type tabloid, featuring a cast of celebrity look-alikes.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1999 (Germany) See more »

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Color (Metrocolor)
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Quotes

Gerry: We can't all get in there. It's too small.
Gerry: Gerry, it's just a mock up.
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The Snitch
Words and Music by John Sebastian and Phil Galdston
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a week in the life of a tabloid reporter
5 March 2014 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Sadly, the only actor I recognized in here was George Lindsey, Goober from Andy Griffith. That will give you an idea of why this only has NINE votes as of today, no entries on the Message Boards, and it came out in 1983 ! Our hero, Jeff (played by Fred McCarren) needs to raise money to pay off his jail bond money supplied by his friend Russ (Andre DeShields). Russ works for "American Snitch", a weekly scandal sheet and you can see where this is going.... Some cussing in here, along with a weird, freaky, script. Ya got Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Hitler, Nixon, farmers, and people seeing Jesus. Then there's Sonny Barton ( Don Ferguson) suing the paper, for printing stuff about him. Not the strongest script, not the best acting, but it's not all bad. Moves pretty slow, but interesting to point out that now stars COULD sue the tabloids. The viewer should keep in mind that Carol Burnett had JUST won a lawsuit against the National Enquirer for stories about her and her family, so this could be an account highlighting events in the news. Since then, numerous stars have sued tabloid newspapers... some have won, some have lost.

Directed by Richard Harris, who won an Oscar for editing the 1997 version of Titanic. Who knew? He edited lots of stuff, but Snitch is the only thing Harris directed. He also worked on Fletch and Fletch Lives. Not bad... but it ain't no Shakespeare.


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