Movie critic cage match!

Roger (Ebert) and John (Simon) and Gene (Siskel) and Ted (Koppel) talk about Return of the Jedi in this 1983 broadcast of Nightline. What I found most amusing about this clash of the titans (aside from the realization that Ted Koppel was getting his hair styled by Betty Crocker even back then) was the spectacle of two critics praising a movie for the wrong reasons while the third panned it for the wrong reasons. And as much as I appreciate Simon’s saber-toothed acerbity, I hooted when he suggested that Tender Mercies would have been a better movie to show your children.

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