Rogues, reptiles and repentant sinners

Brian Mcnair

in Journalists in Film

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748634460
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670925 | DOI:
Rogues, reptiles and repentant sinners

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This chapter describes the representation of journalists in cinema as best, lovable rogues and as worst, loathsome reptiles. Runaway Bride stars Richard Gere in the lovable rogue role, opposite Julia Roberts as a woman, Maggie Carpenter, who repeated leaves her fiancés at the altar. The representation of the journalist-as-reptile may be viewed both as a warning to the public in a democracy that their media are at worst akin to predators running wild, and that they bear some responsibility for putting them back in their cage. The Ace in the Hole, Mad City, To Die For and Natural Born Killers are four films which illustrate the journalist-as-reptile sub-type. The bad girl trio depicted in Rag Tale were as bad as it got in that decade and in the film these women were only doing what they had to do to get by in a working environment of brutish male hacks.

Keywords: journalists; cinema; lovable rogues; loathsome reptiles; repentant sinners; Runaway Bride; Ace in the Hole; Mad City; To Die For; Natural Born Killers

Chapter.  9201 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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