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The Ryan Interview (2000)

Young big-city journalist Fredericka Rose is assigned to do a "puff piece" on Bob Ryan on the eve of his 100th birthday. Fredericka goes through the motions, but Ryan gradually gets to her, and changes the way she thinks about her life.

Director:

Fred Barzyk

Writers:

Arthur Miller (play), Ira Simmons (adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ashley Judd ... Fredericka Rose
Eddie Bracken ... Bob Ryan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Hardesty Kevin Hardesty
Arthur Miller ... Narrator
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Young big-city journalist Fredericka Rose is assigned to do a "puff piece" on Bob Ryan on the eve of his 100th birthday. Fredericka goes through the motions, but Ryan gradually gets to her, and changes the way she thinks about her life.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2000 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Underrated Masterpiece
1 October 2005 | by mfvaughnSee all my reviews

Not only is this an incredible work, under-seen and underrated, it is also the last work on film of one of American cinema's greats, in my opinion--Eddie Bracken. It is sad that this actor has not received the accolades he deserved for his body of film and stage work especially in his screwball comedies and Broadway musicals, and it is in this film that he showed his mastery and range. Miller's writing was crisp and insightful to the end and I highly recommend this film. Ashley Judd was excellent also. Watch this film with an eye on the history of American theatre and film. No playwright can match Miller, no young actress has shown more range than Judd, and few master actors can better Bracken in his power, comedy, or ability to move from the stage to the screen and back to the stage or from screwball comedy to drama as Bracken did. Anyone who would like to experience what I am suggesting need only view Bracken's work in Preston Sturges' films Miracle of Morgan's Creek or Hail the Conquering Hero and then watch Ryan's Interview. A wonderful capper to a great career. Bracken will be missed as will, of course Miller.


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