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Broadcast News (1987)

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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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Blair Litton (as Joan Cusak)
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Gennie James ...
Young Jane
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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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Marc Shaiman and Glen Roven, who both play News Theme Writers, are real-life composers, who have also done television jingles. Shaiman, after doing Broadcast News (1987), went on to score major motion picture films, and has since been nominated for five Academy Awards. See more »

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Although it's not made clear, among the last scenes of the movie is Tom on a mobile lounge, which takes on passengers at the terminal at Dulles Airport and then lowers to travel to other terminals (they once went right to the aircraft). Tom's lounge moves away from the camera without first lowering. These mobile lounges were used at Dulles International Airport (IAD) in northern Virginia. The airport scenes between Holly Hunter and William Hurt take place at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) in Maryland. See more »

Quotes

Aaron Altman: Can I watch the news?
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Crazy Credits

Albert Brooks' singing of "L'Edition Speciale" from the film also briefly appears in the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in Spotlight (2015) See more »

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Midnight Train to Georgia
Written by Jim Weatherly
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
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Clever, witty and funny
27 May 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

James L. Brook is one of those directors who always seems to take a quirky look at life. He isn't only the producer for "The Simpsons," he has some classic comedies under his belt -- "Broadcast News" is one of them.

Although it doesn't match his later effort "As Good As It Gets," "Broadcast News" is still a very clever, funny and witty movie about a television broadcasting station and all the problems they suffer. There's a great comedic sequence of physical humor where Joan Cusack is running around the building trying to rush a news tape to the editing room in a matter of mere minutes before it is to be broadcast live on TV.

This isn't only very truthful in terms of how hectic broadcasting stations are operated, but also a skillful and honest portrayal of human beings.

A low-key, subtle movie with good acting (especially from Hurt, who I don't always like so much) and apt direction.


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