Between the Lines

Drama | English | 101 minutes


Staff members working at the alternative Boston weekly, The Back Bay Mainline, are young, ambitious, but also smart enough to realize that  changes are coming. Their days of dissent and writing muckraking articles are slowly ebbing. The newspaper is about to be purchased by a business tycoon and, for sure, the Mainline will never be the same. But they plow ahead, making the best of the time remaining, and hoping there will be a place for them in the coming decade. 

John Heard (Harry, chief investigative reporter) / Lindsay Crouse (Abbie,  newspaper photographer) / Jeff Goldblum (Max,  wisecracking critic of rock music)  / Jill Eickenberry (Lynn,  receptionist and office den mother) / Michael J.Pollard (Hawker, selling the Back Bay Mainline on street corners and to passengers in parked cars) / Bruno Kirby ( David,  earnest intern) / Stephen Collins (Michael, struggling to write a book)
Why Stream This Film?
Between the Lines is  about a group of young people running an alternative weekly  in Boston. Their energies are slowly waning. They’ve come to the realization that the American counterculture of the ’70s, as they know it, has run its course. Next they must  face the ’80s, a new decade with challenges that seem formidable. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
  • Berlin International Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Joan Micklin Silver)
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Winner, Best Director (Joan Micklin Silver)
I saw BETWEEN the LINES when it was first released, and it played no small part in changing my life: it fueled my nagging desire to be a journalist.
Jonathan Romney

Film Comment

BETWEEN the LINES is technically a newspaper film, but what distinguishes it is the gently perceptive way it captures the emotional confusions of its characters. The performances are uniformly first-rate, the kind of ensemble work in which no actor is more or less important than another. BETWEEN the LINES is one of the few films I’ve seen dealing with the counterculture years that doesn’t rip it off or send it up.
Vincent Canby

The New York Times

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