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Writer:
Paddy Chayefsky (written by)
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Release Date:
27 November 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"NETWORK"... the humanoids, the love story, the trials and tribulations, the savior of television, the attempted suicides, the assassination -- it's ALL coming along with a galaxy of stars you know and love! See more »
Plot:
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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"I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" - Howard Beale See more (298 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Faye Dunaway ... Diana Christensen

William Holden ... Max Schumacher

Peter Finch ... Howard Beale

Robert Duvall ... Frank Hackett

Wesley Addy ... Nelson Chaney

Ned Beatty ... Arthur Jensen
Arthur Burghardt ... Great Ahmed Kahn
Bill Burrows ... TV Director
John Carpenter ... George Bosch
Jordan Charney ... Harry Hunter
Kathy Cronkite ... Mary Ann Gifford
Ed Crowley ... Joe Donnelly
Jerome Dempsey ... Walter C. Amundsen

Conchata Ferrell ... Barbara Schlesinger
Gene Gross ... Milton K. Steinman
Stanley Grover ... Jack Snowden

Cindy Grover ... Caroline Schumacher

Darryl Hickman ... Bill Herron
Mitchell Jason ... Arthur Zangwill
Paul Jenkins ... TV Stage Manager

Ken Kercheval ... Merrill Grant
Kenneth Kimmins ... Associate Producer
Lynn Klugman ... TV Production Assistant
Carolyn Krigbaum ... Max's Secretary
Zane Lasky ... Audio Man
Michael Lipton ... Tommy Pellegrino
Michael Lombard ... Willie Stein
Pirie MacDonald ... Herb Thackeray
Russ Petranto ... TV Associate Director
Bernard Pollock ... Lou
Roy Poole ... Sam Haywood

William Prince ... Edward George Ruddy
Sasha von Scherler ... Helen Miggs
Lane Smith ... Robert McDonough

Ted Sorel ... Giannini (as Theodore Sorel)

Beatrice Straight ... Louise Schumacher
Fred Stuthman ... Mosaic Figure
Cameron Thomas ... TV Technical Director
Marlene Warfield ... Laureen Hobbs
Lydia Wilen ... Hunter's Secretary
Lee Richardson ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Chancellor ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Andrew Duncan ... Agent (uncredited)
Todd Everett ... Reporter (uncredited)

Betty Ford ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Gabriel ... TV Anchor Reporting Beale's Suicide Threat (uncredited)

Lance Henriksen ... Network Lawyer at Khan's Place (uncredited)

Raymond Martino ... Window Person (uncredited)

Howard K. Smith ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Susskind ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michael Tucker ... Man at Desk (uncredited)
Ahmed Yamani ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
Paddy Chayefsky (written by)

Produced by
Fred C. Caruso .... associate producer (as Fred Caruso)
Howard Gottfried .... producer
 
Original Music by
Elliot Lawrence (original music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Philip Rosenberg 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward Stewart 
 
Costume Design by
Theoni V. Aldredge 
 
Makeup Department
John Alese .... makeup
Susan Germaine .... hair: Ms. Dunaway
Lee Harman .... makeup: Ms. Dunaway
Philip Leto .... hair (as Phil Leto)
Network .... makeup daily (uncredited)
Barbie Palmer .... makeup daily (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Hopkins .... first assistant director (as Jay Allan Hopkins)
Ralph S. Singleton .... second assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)
 
Art Department
Connie Brink .... property master (as Conrad Brink)
 
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Marc Laub .... sound editor (as Marc M. Laub)
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Dick Vorisek .... re-recordist
Louis Cerborino .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer
Kenneth Goss .... key grip
Norman Leigh .... gaffer
Gary Muller .... second assistant cameraman
Tom Priestley Jr. .... assistant cameraman
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... costumer
Marilyn Putnam .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Michael Jacobi .... assistant editor
Don Dittmar .... color timer (uncredited)
Norman Hollyn .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Wolf .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Elliot Lawrence .... conductor: original music
 
Other crew
Selma Brown .... production auditor
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Steve Rutt .... video logo by: U.B.S., EUE Video Services
Connie Schoenberg .... office coordinator
John H. Starke .... location coordinator (as John Starke)
Stephen Frankfurt .... title designer (uncredited)
Mark Hurwitz .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
121 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Henry Fonda turned down the role of Howard Beale, saying that it was "too hysterical." Glenn Ford and George C. Scott did also. Although William Holden turned it down, he was cast in the other male lead and was nominated for Best Actor along with Peter Finch.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After attending a funeral service, William Holden And Faye Dunaway are talking on a street corner. Holden's hair is a little messy from the wind and passing traffic. A moment later, the two people cross the street and Holden's hair is back in place.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:This story is about Howard Beale, who was the news anchorman on UBS TV. In his time, Howard Beale had been a mandarin of television, the grand old man of news, with a HUT rating of 16 and a 28 audience share. In 1969, however, his fortunes began to decline. He fell to a 22 share. The following year, his wife died, and he was left a childless widower with an 8 rating and a 12 share. He became morose and isolated, began to drink heavily, and on September 22, 1975, he was fired, effective in two weeks. The news was broken to him by Max Schumacher, who was the president of the news division at UBS. The two old friends got properly pissed.
Howard Beale:[on the street] I was at CBS with Ed Murrow in 1951.
Max Schumacher:Must've been 1950 then.
[Beale nods]
Max Schumacher:I was at NBC, uh, associate producer. Morning News. I was just a kid. 26 years old.
[Not interested, Beale wanders off, until Schumacher stops him]
Max Schumacher:Anyway... anyway... they're building the lower level of the George Washington Bridge.
[Interested, Beale listens]
Max Schumacher:We were doing a remote from there.
Howard Beale, Max Schumacher:[start to laugh and snicker in unison]
Max Schumacher:And nobody told me!
[Beale keeps laughing, very interested]
Max Schumacher:Ten after seven in the morning, I get a call, "Where the hell are YOU? You're supposed to be on the George Washington Bridge!"
[Beale and Schumacher exchange laughs]
Max Schumacher:I jump out of bed, throw my raincoat over my pajamas. I run downstairs and out into the street...
[Schumacher runs into the street]
Max Schumacher:...hail a cab, and I say to the cabbie, "TAKE ME TO THE MIDDLE OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE!"
[Beale laughs]
Max Schumacher:And the cabbie turns around and he says...
[giggles]
Max Schumacher:...he says "Don't do it, buddy! You're a young man! You got your whole life ahead of you!"
Howard Beale, Max Schumacher:[shriek in hysterics, as Beale gives Schumacher a hug]
Max Schumacher:Didn't I ever tell you that one before?
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83 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" - Howard Beale, 25 August 2005
Author: Michael Margetis (pmargetis@cox.net) from United States

#1 Best Film of 1976

'Network' is Paddy Chafesky's riveting and grim tale of the sleaze surrounding the American television industry. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, 'Network' is without a doubt one of the most powerful, influential and meaningful films ever made. One of the reasons 'Network' was so well received by both film critics and movie-going audiences was because it possessed a certain quality that most films unfortunately lack -- intricate and involving characters in realistic situations. 'Network' definitely makes my list of the top 10 films of the 70s, and it's an absolute shame it didn't pick up the well-deserved 'Best Picture' Oscar at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1976.

The film follows a low-rated television network trying to keep it's head above water. The network, UBS, has decided to fire an aging veteran news anchor, Howard Beale (Peter Finch), in an act of desperation to boost ratings. Beale is given a two-week notice, and instead of going out with his tale between his legs, Beale announces on live television he was fired and is going to kill himself. This raises panic and chaos at UBS, until they get the memo that Beale's crazed rant just bumped the ratings significantly. The UBS execs, Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) and Frank Hackett (Robert Duvall) decide to give Beale his own show where he complains and screams bout the problems with the world, while Beale's best friend (William Holden) feels it's inappropriate for the network to take advantage of a mentally-ill man. Besides exploiting a mentally unstable man, the company execs also work out a weekly program with a anti-establishment African-American communist, Laureen Hobbs (Marlene Warfield) following political terrorists and their violent outbursts.The film also stars Beatrice Straight as Schumacher's boring wife, Conchetta Ferrell was an assistant working for the network and Ned Beatty who plays the sinister boss of the UBS television network who always gets what he wants.

'Network' boasts one of the finest and most intricate screenplays ever written that rightfully earned Paddy Chafesky the Oscar for Best Screenplay. Sidney Lumet's directing is absolutely incendiary and the movie has an incredibly strong cast. Faye Dunaway gives what is perhaps her very best screen performance as the cutthroat Network executive, while Robert Duvall is just as brilliant as the ruthless Frank Hackett (which should have earned him an Oscar nomination, period!) Beatrice Straight is solid in her role (not quite Oscar-worthy if you ask me, though) and Marlene Warfield is just as great as the sassy pinko sistah (excuse me for that phrasing). The two performers who really steal the show however are William Holden and Peter Finch. Both nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Academy Awards in 1977, Peter Finch gives a startling and powerful performance as the 'mad-as-hell' (not to mention crazy-as-hell) Howard Beale, while William Holden gives a subtle but none-the-less outstanding performance as the conflicted Max Schumacher. It's hard to say who was better, but if I absolutely had to decide I'd choose Holden's non-Oscar-winning performance slightly over Finch's sympathy Oscar-winning performance (he still was extraordinary,m though). I honestly believe if Finch hadn't died just after the film, Holden would have taken home the Oscar gold for Best Leading Actor, both were still magnificent though. The only player in the cast that I felt wasn't that great was Ned Beatty. In a role far-deserving from an Oscar nomination (which he for some odd reason received), Beatty plays the angry little man role he always does. Besides Beatty's performance and marginal pacing problems towards the middle (you are gonna get that in any 70s film that isn't a Kubrick film), the movie is utterly perfect.

I can't recommend you seeing 'Network' highly enough. If you want a carefully made motion picture that makes you think and reflect on how cutthroat our society has become (especially TV broadcasting), 'Network' is a absolute must. What are you waiting for, go out and rent 'Network'! It might just alter your perspective on things. Grade: A-

MADE MY TOP 300 LIST AT #46

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