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Broadcast News (1987)

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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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25 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Network News  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$197,542 (USA) (20 December 1987)

Gross:

$51,249,404 (USA)
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Trivia

Both William Hurt and Holly Hunter share the same birth date of the 20th of March. Hurt was born in 1950 whilst Hunter was born in 1958. Both have also won Academy Awards for acting in leading roles. See more »

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

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Aaron Altman: Wouldn't this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive? If "needy" were a turn-on?
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The suggested new News theme presented in the movie, including the "big finish!". See more »

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Referenced in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Focus Group (2006) See more »

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Midnight Train to Georgia
Written by Jim Weatherly
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
Courtesy of Buddah Records
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Beware of TV news!
31 January 2003 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Essential viewing for anyone who watches TV news as it may help to become a little more sceptical, or even cynical. On a personal note I recall taking a course some years ago about being interviewed for TV - what to do, what not to do. The course instructors impressed on us that TV news was a "branch of show-biz". That depressing view, which is probably even more valid today than when it was made, is reinforced by this film. Never mind journalistic integrity, what counts is the ability to look good and smile nicely. And make sure you don't sweat on camera.

The interactions between the three main characters form the centre-piece, each with his or her own ambitions, capabilities and beliefs. Brooks takes these differences and sets them into the volatile setting of a TV news studio, and adds more than a pinch of love interest to the mixture. The result is a complex, if somewhat overlong, portrayal of how we compromise every day in order to meet our ambitions and take others with us. It is always entertaining, although the final scene was, perhaps, unnecessary given everything that had gone before.


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