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SteelCity99 - wrote on 04/22/2018
What an outstanding social liberalist commentary for the masses!
Network deals with Howard Beale, an old and soon-to-be fired from a powerful television company because of his age: The United Television Network. Since he can't fully accept the idea that he will be dismissed from his 25 year work, he announces he'll commit suicide, ending up becoming a controversial and liberalist social influence for the masses that incredibly raises the TV ratings for the company. Soon, he's used for the mere purpose of gaining a bigger audience and even is able to have his own program. The tone in his messages and comments turns so pessimistic that everything goes down, thanks to the blindness caused by the power, greed and ambition of the same company.
The script is absolutely awesome, the …
Yojimbo - wrote on 01/30/2012
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 …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/11/2011
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 …
*Sarah* - wrote on 12/29/2008
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.
This has to be one of …