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The Late Shift (1996)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 30, 2005

Budget $6,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language.

Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country USA

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• The Late Shift

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Genre: Drama, Comedy, True Story, Showbiz, Hollywood

Plot: "The Late Show" provides a behind-the-scenes look into the late-night talk show war that resulted in Jay Leno succeeding Johnny Carson as host of "The Tonight Show," and David Letterman leaving NBC for CBS. This telefilm offers a glimpse of the workings of the cutthroat and highly competitive television industry, as key players lie, threaten, and let their unbridled ambition run wild. As the wheeling and dealing finally conclude, we see how the personalities of the four major players -- the naive Leno, the self-pitying Letterman, Leno's ball-breaking manager Helen Kushnick, and Letterman's smooth-talking super-agent Michael Ovitz -- led to the ultimate fates of the two hosts.

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 Directed by
Betty Thomas
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 Written by
Bill Carter
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 Music By
Ira Newborn
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