Rose (Whoopi Goldberg) reveals Montana Moorehead’s (Cathy Moriaty) big secret during a live taping of a soap opera.
In the comedic farce Soapdish, the behind-the-scenes lives of several soap opera actors are just as melodramatic as those of their television counterparts. Sally Field stars as Celeste Talbert, the star of a declining TV show. To make matters worse, Talbert’s career is thrown into turmoil when her rival, Montana Moorehead (Cathy Moriarty), tries to persuade producer David Barnes (Robert Downey Jr.) to write Talbert off the show. Smitten by Moorehead, Barnes comes up with a scheme to get Talbert off the show by hiring her niece Lori (Elisabeth Shue) and then Jeffrey (Kevin Kline), an old flame and cast member who was written out of the show 20 years prior. Soon, mayhem rules on the set as the cast and crew tangle, culminating in a special episode, broadcast live.
TM & © Paramount (1991)
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Paul Johansson, Kevin Kline, Garry Marshall, Arne Nannestad, Sally Field, Whoopi Goldberg, Teri Hatcher, Cathy Moriarty, Kathy Najimy, Elisabeth Shue
Director: Michael Hoffman
Producers: Joel Freeman, Alan Greisman, Herbert Ross, Aaron Spelling, Victoria White
Screenwriters: Robert Harling, Andrew Bergman