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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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Did You Know?


Jack Nicholson appears briefly in this James L. Brooks film after having also acted in a supporting role in Brooks' earlier Terms of Endearment (1983) in a part which had been turned-down by Hollywood super star Burt Reynolds. After Broadcast News (1987), another television comedy movie was produced by Hollywood, Switching Channels (1988), with Reynolds starring in one of the picture's leading roles. See more »


When Tom is coaching Aaron on anchoring, he turns the camera on himself and adjusts it. Then a cameraman appears, then disappears. See more »


Jane Craig: Bastard! Sneak! Quitter!
Aaron Altman: [cheerfully] Speaking!
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The suggested new News theme presented in the movie, including the "big finish!". See more »


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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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