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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 »
User Reviews:
One of the best of all time. See more (303 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
121 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
During his "the world is a business" speech, Jensen references rins. The rin was a Japanese currency taken out of circulation over 20 years earlier at the time.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The obituary for UBS Chairman of the Board Edward George Ruddy is shown with the character's information superimposed over the title area, with real January, 1975 obituaries for Revlon founder Charles Revson and screenwriter Sidney Buchman listed below. Additionally, the movie is set during fall 1975, months after Ruddy's death.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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72 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
One of the best of all time., 8 January 2008
Author: dead47548 from United States

I can't put it more perfectly than Turner Classic Movies' Robert Osborne who said "What was originally a satire is a stinging mirror of television news today." I strain to think of a film that is a more brilliant take on society, and all of the flaws it has. It's obedience and entertainment by those who rebel, no matter how insane they are. The exploitation of those in peril for any kind of economic profit. And the fact that everything Beale preaches is completely true and completely bashes the people who are producing him. I was amazed by how much he sells out while continuing to rant about how terrible the people he works for are, and the fact that they just keep him on the air because they want ratings.

It couldn't be more related to today. Turn on the news and you see videos of how horrific the war on terror is and how horrific American society has become, but it stays on the air because people don't want to see the good things in life. They care about the bad and the corrupt. People must have laughed it off back then, but it was such a foreshadow to the near future. The performances are just as brilliant as the social commentary. Each actor becomes so absorbed into their characters that you can't even tell they're acting. It feels like you're watching these people in their daily lives, interacting and becoming more and more corrupt. Finch and Dunaway easily give two of the greatest performances of all time. I could write 20 more pages about it's brilliance, but I'll stop now to keep me from rating. I just have to say that it's so rare to find a film as incredibly flawless as this.

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