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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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Storyline

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 <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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25 December 1987 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$51,249,404 (USA)
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One of five collaborations of Albert Brooks and James L. Brooks. The others are Real Life (1979), Modern Romance (1981), I'll Do Anything (1994) and Terms of Endearment (1983). The first two of these films Albert Brooks was a writer and the director and James L. Brooks an actor, but the latter three collaborations this is the reverse, with Albert Brooks an actor and James L. Brooks acting as writer-director. The pair both share the same last name and are apparently unrelated as they both are also to Mel Brooks. See more »

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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 »

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Tom Grunnick: What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?
Aaron Altman: Keep it to yourself.
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L'Edition Speciale
Written by Francis Cabrel
Performed by Francis Cabrel
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Sadly true and great.
21 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I say sadly because if you see this movie now, you realize how low our media has sunk- all the warning signs are in this movie.

It's a great film, I think the last great James Brooks film, but others may disagree. It has rich characters (who are believable as well), great acting, great writing, and although the music got a little cheesy, I even liked that.

William Hurt has never been better. Holly Hunter is stunning. And Albert Brooks walks away with every scene he's in- this triangle of people is beautifully drawn and compelling and made the whole movie soar above it's vital and important topic of the News, and how it's slowly being compromised in our nation.

Watch this with NETWORK for a truly fun and frightening evening.


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