The Front Page
The Front Page (1974)

The ruthless managing editor of a Chicago newspaper angrily learns his ace reporter plans to leave the paper to get married. While he trains a replacement, all hell breaks loose and a convicted killer escapes from right under the nose of a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: June 15, 1998
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It relies too much on foul language, inappropriate slapstick, and superficial cynicism.

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Urban Cinefile

Full of wonderful comedic business, throw-away lines and some effortless ensemble set pieces, The Front Page bristles with its collection of talents on both sides of the camera.... It's that Billy Wilder touch of hurtful grains of truth inside every com

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Steve Crum

Funny retelling with Lemmon and Matthau guided by Billy Wilder.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

Even though the mechanics and demands of movie-making slow what should be the furious tempo, this Front Page displays a giddy bitterness that is rare in any films except those of Mr. Wilder. It is also, much of the time, extremely funny.

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TV Guide

This slick remake of the ebullient original falls short of being the film it could have been, despite the presence of master filmmaker Wilder and his engaging costars.

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Tony Medley

not up to the original

Emanuel Levy

This third version of the 1928 smash play is only mildly entertaining; Billy Wilder has no new take on the text and his stars may be too old.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Too much of it seemed stretched thin and unfunny.

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Matthau and Lemmon put in their usual faultless turns, but cannot lift a pervading air of pointlessness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A reporter and his editor cover the politically motivated, impending execution of a Communist sympathizer. A slap-dash, map-cap film filled with sharp dialogue,… More
Veronique Kwak
"the front page" is the third time re-adaption of the stage play by ben hencht(who wrote the original scarface) and chas. macarthur. the first… More
Jennifer D
So, His Girl Friday is my favorite movie, like, ever. And this adaptation is certainly missing that *thing* that makes His Girl Friday king. His Girl Friday has… More
xGary Xx
Disappointing remake of His Girl Friday kept watchable by the comic talents of one of the best double acts in the business.
Aj V
This is actually a remake of an older movie, which was a remake of an older movie too, so it's nothing new. It's pretty funny in some scenes, but… More
Byron Brubaker
In a way this marks Billy Wilder's downward slide toward the end of his career. It had a good cast with a lot of names led by Jack Lemmon and Walter… More