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The Late Shift (1996)

R
TV Movie | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

A dramatization of the rivalry between David Letterman and Jay Leno to over which of them would succeed Johnny Carson as the host of "The Tonight Show".
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Bill Carter (book) (teleplay) | George Armitage (teleplay)
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$ 6,000,000
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Feb 24, 1996 (United States)

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Kathy Bates
Helen Kushnick Helen Kushnick   See fewer
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John Michael Higgins
David Letterman David Letterman   See fewer
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Daniel Roebuck
Jay Leno Jay Leno   See fewer
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Bob Balaban
Warren Littlefield Warren Littlefield   See fewer
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Ed Begley Jr.
Rod Perth Rod Perth   See fewer
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Reni Santoni
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John Kapelos
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Steven Gilborn
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John Getz
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Lawrence Pressman
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Sandra Bernhard
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Treat Williams
Michael Ovitz Michael Ovitz   See fewer
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Alan Levine Alan Levine   See fewer
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Michael Chieffo
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Nicholas Guest
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Lucinda Jenney
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Ken Kragen
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Aaron Lustig
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Cynthia Lynch
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Michael C. McCarthy
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Kerry Noonan
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6.9 / 10 | 2,641 votes