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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.



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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Blair Litton (as Joan Cusak)
Peter Hackes ...
Robert Katims ...
George Weln
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 <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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It's the story of their lives.


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Release Date:

25 December 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Network News  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


$51,249,404 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Debra Winger was originally cast as Jane Craig. See more »


When Jane tells Tom she can't go out with him because she is going to South America in a few days and needs to cram, she isn't going to South America. She's going to Nicaragua, which is in Central America.Jane takes such pride in being precise with her language, and in her intelligence that there is no way she would mix up Central and South America. See more »


Aaron Altman: Pretty peppy party pal.
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Albert Brooks' singing of "L'Edition Speciale" from the film also briefly appears in the end credits. See more »


Referenced in Even Stevens: Broadcast Blues (2001) See more »


Midnight Train to Georgia
Written by Jim Weatherly
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
Courtesy of Buddah Records
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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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