Broadcast News (1987)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  25 December 1987 (USA)
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Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Blair Litton (as Joan Cusak)
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Robert Katims ...
George Wein
Gerald Grunick
Kimber Shoop ...
Young Tom
Dwayne Markee ...
Young Aaron
Gennie James ...
Young Jane


Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain correspondent, carries an unrequited torch for Jane. Sparks fly between the three as the network prepares for big changes, and both the news and Jane must decide between style and substance. Written by Scott Renshaw <>

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It's the story of their lives.


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25 December 1987 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)


$51,249,404 (USA)

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Both of the film's two leading actors, Holly Hunter and William Hurt, have both won best acting Oscars, Hunter won the Best Actress Academy Award for The Piano (1993), whilst Hurt won the Best Actor Academy Award for Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985). See more »


When editing the mercenary footage, Bobby didn't dub the edited spot to video cassette before handing it off to be inserted into the broadcast feed. See more »


Tom Grunnick: I'm going to miss you... you're a prick in a good way... I'm sorry.
Aaron Altman: No, I liked how that made me *sound*.
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Albert Brooks' singing of "L'Edition Speciale" from the film also briefly appears in the end credits. See more »


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A forgotten classic which should be re-evaluated
1 July 2002 | by (Belfast UK) – See all my reviews

For me this wonderful rollercoaster of a film bears repeated pleasurable viewings. Its about the tangled lives of three very different people. Holly Hunter is the obsessive workaholic producer. Albert Brookes plays the unprepossessing but brilliant journalist. William Hurt is the affable but dumb new kid on the block, news anchor.

The classical love triangle emerges with the stunningly witty and self deprecating Brookes in love with Hunter but she of course is attracted to Hurt.

This film works on many levels. At the very least it is a brilliant comedy with the one liners flying so thick and fast that each viewing bears a new harvest of ones that you may have missed last time. Its also a film about attraction and unfulfilled romance.

But perhaps most importantly the film examines the modern obsession with physical appearance and its ultimate triumph over intellect as a valued human attribute. This is personified by the meteoric career success of the Hurt character in contrast to Brookes relative decline.

Despite being fifteen years old the film has some startingly relevant messages about modern news values and the continuing decline in journalistic standards.

This film is a classic in every sense and it is difficult to understand why it has been so neglected

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