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Shattered Glass (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, History | 26 November 2003 (USA)
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The story of a young journalist who fell from grace when it was discovered he fabricated over half of his articles from the publication The New Republic magazine.

Director:

Billy Ray

Writers:

Buzz Bissinger (article) (as H.G. Bissinger), Billy Ray
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayden Christensen ... Stephen Glass
Peter Sarsgaard ... Charles 'Chuck' Lane
Chloë Sevigny ... Caitlin Avey
Rosario Dawson ... Andy Fox
Melanie Lynskey ... Amy Brand
Hank Azaria ... Michael Kelly
Steve Zahn ... Adam Penenberg
Mark Blum ... Lewis Estridge
Simone-Élise Girard ... Catarina Bannier
Chad Donella ... David Bach
Jamie Elman ... Aaron Bluth
Luke Kirby ... Rob Gruen
Cas Anvar ... Kambiz Foroohar
Linda Smith Linda Smith ... Gloria (as Linda E. Smith)
Ted Kotcheff ... Marty Peretz
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Storyline

This film tells the true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass (Christensen), who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at "The New Republic" for three years (1995-1998), where 27 of his 41 published stories were either partially or completely made up. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down... Written by Kaliya Warner

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Read between the lies. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shattered Glass See more »

Filming Locations:

Bethesda, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,540, 2 November 2003

Gross USA:

$2,220,008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,944,752
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the 1998 'Vanity Fair' article that inspired the film, Buzz Bissinger wrote that Stephen Glass "established himself as the Darth Vader of Detail" as a fact checker. Hayden Christensen made this film between the two Star Wars films in which he portrays Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. See more »

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When Stephen tells Chuck he's not sure if he'll finish writing his story, Chuck should've told Stephen his obligated to finish writing the story, Stephen doesn't get to decide if he finishes the story or not. See more »

Quotes

Amy Brand: [talking privately] Have you noticed the way Steve's phone has been ringing lately? Did you see all those editors at the correspondence dinner? The way they were circling him?
Caitlin Avey: Is that what you want, Amy? To get a bunch of smoke blown up your ass by a pack of editors?
Amy Brand: [sarcastically] Yes. Yes it is.
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New Sensation
Written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence
Performed by INXS
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) obo Chardonnay Investments and XL Publishing Pty, Ltd. (APRA)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Group
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How to misrepresent and lie in journalism 101
19 December 2003 | by AnaisnineSee all my reviews

As a film commentating on the state of journalism and the ethical questions inherent therein, this film doesnt say much.

The film works better, and is better recieved for what it is- a great character or rather, characters story set in the world of prestige journalism.

The subtitle for the film should be called, 'My Funny Charlatan', because Hayden Christensen, as Steven Glass, really demonstrates( as well as openly dictates in the film) how to be a first class schmoozer and con artist.

In lots of the reviews, I hear people say how Peter Sarsgaarde, ( as Chuck Lane) is the tour de force performance, and yes he is very good as the low-key, but ultimately, driving moral force in the story. But really, the whole movie falls apart if Hayden isnt convincing, and humanized, as Steven Glass.

I have to applause Hayden for his portrayel of Glass and his interpretation of how a man could charm his way through life and be so convincing as to make some of the best journalistic minds in the country completely abandon common sense in relation to his journalistic output. To women, the draw is clear, he is charming, with boyish good looks, he throws compliments like confetti, he is flirtatious but without being overtly sexual. He is the journalistic equivalent of Cherubino- no woman can resist wanting to mother him.

For men, I suspect his appeal may be the fact that he is skillful, but at the same time, self-effacing, without the need to display any alpha male dominance. Talented, but assuming and always deferring, he is always ready with a pat on the back and an offer of beer, one of the guys. - He is like that mythical kid brother, looking upwards with respect , awe and hero worship to his elders.

But underneath that boyish facade of good looks, charm, wit, and 'aww shucks, who me?'ness, lurks a desperate and soulless character. And here is where Hayden's genius comes in(with some help from tidbits from the script)- you actually feel sorry for the bastard! Is he wrong for what he has done? Absolutely Did he deserve the disgrace that he engendered? Without a doubt. But all the same, you feel a sense of pity for this poor creature so desperate to be loved and accepted, so needy, so lacking in any internal sense of self, that he is compelled to lie and fabricate in order to perpetuate a sense of importance and most of all -acceptance.

I think fame for someone like Steven, like so many stardust blinded Hollywood wannabes that arrive in LA every year, is always what it has been: a need , a craving, something to fill that empty hole inside , that acceptance and unconditional love that somehow never happened in the formative years. So, while Steven's actions are to be condemned, if you can understand the motivation behind them, its hard to outright despise the man. Though, one wonders how any state licensing board would let him practice law( Steven Glass is an attorney now).


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