7.2/10
23,214
134 user 57 critic

Broadcast News (1987)

Trailer
2:06 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Take two rival television reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one Producer, female. Mix well, and watch the sparks fly.

Director:

Writer:

Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Blair Litton (as Joan Cusak)
Peter Hackes ...
...
Bobby
...
Robert Katims ...
...
...
Gerald Grunick
Kimber Shoop ...
Young Tom
Dwayne Markee ...
Young Aaron
...
Young Jane
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's the story of their lives.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

25 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Network News  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,542, 20 December 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,249,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,331,309
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

David Letterman asked Kathleen Turner on Late Night with David Letterman (1982) whether Switching Channels (1988) was like Broadcast News (1987), in which Turner replied that it was better than Broadcast News (1987). However, film critics and audiences disagreed. Switching Channels (1988) was a critical and box-office failure. See more »

Goofs

The surnames of both Joan Cusack and John Cusack are misspelled "Cusak" in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Aaron Altman: I just wanna be alone this time.
Ernie Merriman: It's ok. I'll go with you.
Aaron Altman: Thanks.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The suggested new News theme presented in the movie, including the "big finish!". See more »


Soundtracks

L'Edition Speciale
Written by Francis Cabrel
Performed by Francis Cabrel
Courtesy of Editions 31 (Paris)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Sadly true and great.
21 October 2005 | by 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.


25 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 134 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

'Game Night' Star Jesse Plemons on Playing Creepy

"The IMDb Show" gets weird with Game Night and "Black Mirror" star Jesse Plemons and learns what it's like to work with the legendary director Martin Scorsese.

Watch now