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Issue: Winter, 1997

Speechless (1994) movie review

Love Across the Political Divide

When two insomniac speech writers meet across a pharmacy shelf, they don't know that they are political adversaries. Kevin Vallick (Michael Keaton) is a television comedy writer asked by his ex-wife to come back to politics and save the campaign of her boss. Julia Mann (Geena Davis) is a true believer who has been around the political stage, but not on it, for years.

They hit it off until they discover that they are writing for opposites of a campaign. As their animosity escalates, the two candidates voice increasing attacks on one another, acting as puppets for their speech writers.

Movie poster, Speechless; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Speechless;
There are two sides to every relationship... Don't trust either of them.

But love will find a way and the couple must find a balance between friendship, increasing attraction, and business rivalry. To add to the confusion, Julia's handsome ex-fiancé, a superstar reporter (Christopher Reeve) has joined the press train to win her back. It's a romantic comedy with intelligent, occasionally untrustworthy characters and more than a touch of satire.

Good fun.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release 1994
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Title: Speechless (1994)
Written by: Robert King
Directed by: Ron Underwood
running time: 99 mins

The Players: Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Christopher Reeve, Bonnie Bedelia, Ernie Hudson

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