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Sidney Lumet


William Holden
Faye Dunaway
Ned Beatty
Robert Duvall
Peter Finch
Wesley Addy





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A soon to be retired news anchor is exploited by the Network he has worked for, for so long as he spouts off at the media.

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Snoogans 02/12/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The theme of entertainment through degradation is strong here. Cynical television execs exploiting people for their own selfish needs. It's all quite clear and precise throughout. The middle stretch of the film lacked in dramatic interest, for me personally. I didn't care for these main characters or their personal situations. Peter Finch plays the best part, but he is sort-of sidelined during a decent portion. Luckily, the film is bookended by a terrific beginning and ending. Both are razor sharp and leave a lasting sting. Only wishing the entire film carried that bite.

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An essential film. One of the all-time greats.

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mitchellyoung 11/24/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This film manages to stay just shy of ridiculously over-the-top in a spot-on satire of the media. Peter Finch gives a remarkable and unhinged performance as the downtrodden newscaster Howard Beale.

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01/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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When a veteran news anchorman has a mental breakdown on screen and becomes an overnight sensation, the network's amoral executives set about exploiting him for much needed ratings. This social satire on the state of the media and its unhealthy influence on the general population is regarded as one of the greatest screenplays ever produced and it is still amazingly sharp and insightful even within the context of today. It's technically flawless with superb performances from William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and Peter Finch, delivering some of the sharpest dialogue ever committed to celluloid. It's strange how relevant it all seems as the same kind of inter-generational technophobic paranoia about the state of mankind that was aimed at television at the time when this film was mad...

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10/11/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Howard Beale’s (Peter Finch) time will be limited due to poor ratings. He receives this status from his friend News Division President Max Schumacher (William Holden). Howard starts rambling about “the truth about life, that it is B.S.” and exclaims to the viewers to emulate him by going out the window and scream "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) develops and makes major changes to the program to make it The Howard Beale Show. Max and Diane have an affair, but become cold in the end. Frank Hackett (Robert Duvall) takes over after the President of the Network dies and makes insensitive changes to gain ratings. Arthur Jensen (Ned Beatty) informs Beale about the world of business and its effects. Some of the few memorable qu...

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12/29/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Howard Beale (Peter Finch) is an ageing TV anchorman for UBS who is fired, effective in two weeks, after his ratings have been steadily deteriorating. He reacts to this by sensationally announcing on live television his intention to commit suicide on air. In doing so, Beale becomes a major TV icon and one of the most valuable assets to the Communications Corporation of America (CCA), the company that is gradually taking control of UBS. As a result he is given his own show as 'the mad prophet of the air-waves'. He appears live on television every week-day evening to tell the real truth to the people of America. The programme is a huge success but Beale uses his power to make startling revelations about CCA, leaving the company executives with a serious problem.

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