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Broadcast News -- 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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25 December 1987 (USA) See more »
It's the story of their lives.
Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Hurt ... Tom Grunick

Albert Brooks ... Aaron Altman

Holly Hunter ... Jane Craig

Robert Prosky ... Ernie Merriman

Lois Chiles ... Jennifer Mack

Joan Cusack ... Blair Litton (as Joan Cusak)
Peter Hackes ... Paul Moore

Christian Clemenson ... Bobby

Jack Nicholson ... Bill Rorish
Robert Katims ... Martin Klein

Ed Wheeler ... George Wein

Stephen Mendillo ... Gerald Grunick
Kimber Shoop ... Young Tom
Dwayne Markee ... Young Aaron
Gennie James ... Young Jane

Leo Burmester ... Jane's Dad
Amy Brooks ... Elli Merriman
Jane Welch ... Anne Merriman
Jonathan Benya ... Clifford Altman
Frank Doubleday ... Mercenary
Sally Knight ... Lila
Manny Alvarez ... Spanish Cameraman
Luis Valderrama ... Guerilla Leader
Francisco García ... Guerilla Soldier
Richard Thomsen ... General McGuire
Nat Benchley ... Commander (as Nathan Benchley)

Marita Geraghty ... Date-Rape Woman
Nicholas D. Blanchet ... Weekend News Producer
Maura Moynihan ... Makeup Woman
Chuck Lippman ... Floor Manager
Nannette Rickert ... Paul's Secretary
Timothy W. White ... Edward Towne (as Tim White)
Peggy Pridemore ... Tom's Soundwoman
Emily Crowley ... Emily
Gerard Ender ... Newsroom Worker (as Gerald Ender)
David Long ... Donny
Joshua Billings ... Chyron Operator (as Josh Billings)
Glenn Faigen ... Technical Director
Robert Grevemberg Jr. ... Technical Director
Richard Pehle ... Control Room Director
James V. Franco ... Weekend News Director
Jimmy Mel Green ... Assistant Director

Raoul N. Rizik ... Assistant Director
Mike Skehan ... Technician
Franklyn L. Bullard ... Audio Visual Engineer
Glen Roven ... News Theme Writer

Marc Shaiman ... News Theme Writer
Alex Mathews ... Lecture Host
Steve Smith ... Aaron's Cameraman

Martha Smith ... Aaron's Soundwoman (as Martha L. Smith)
Cynthia B. Hayes ... Mother in Hall
Dean Nitz ... Young Tough
Phil Ugel ... Young Tough
Lance Wain ... Young Tough
Susan Marie Feldman ... Ellen
Jean Bourne Carinci ... Tom's Female Colleague
M. Fekade-Salassie ... Cab Driver

Gerald F. Gough ... Uniformed Cop (as Jerry Gough)
Robert Rasch ... Defense Dept. Spokesman

Robert Walsh ... NATO Spokesman

John Cusack ... Angry Messenger (as John Cusak)
John Badila ... Guest at Ball
Heather Ehlers ... Guest at Ball
Arlene M. Dillon ... Guest at Ball
Sam Samuels ... Guest at Ball
Rochelle Deering ... Woman at Speech
Albert Murphy Sr. ... Man in Airport
Eleanore C. Kopecky ... Woman in Airport
J. Alan Thomas ... Airport Cabbie (as Jeffrey Alan Thomas)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hans Bachmann ... Man at Speech (uncredited)
Brad Baker ... Businessman (uncredited)
Tipper Burton ... Mailroom Clerk (uncredited)

Richard DeAngelis ... Newsroom Staff (uncredited)
Denise King ... Copy Runner (uncredited)
Nancy Kirk ... Airport traveler (uncredited)

Directed by
James L. Brooks 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James L. Brooks  written by

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... producer
Penney Finkelman Cox .... co-producer
Polly Platt .... executive producer
Kristi Zea .... associate producer
Susan Zirinsky .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Marks 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
Set Decoration by
Jane Bogart 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist (as Colleen Callahan)
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist
Craig Lyman .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
David V. Lester .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yudi Bennett .... first assistant director
Barbara Bruno .... second second assistant director
David Sardi .... second assistant director
Peter Schindler .... assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Sharon Barnebey .... stand-by painter
William Borum .... swing gang
Steve Callas .... construction foreman
Harold Fuhrman .... set designer
Bruce J. Gfeller .... construction coordinator
Dick Girod .... paint boss
Randy Gunter .... assistant property master
Sherman Labby .... illustrator
James Michael Mullen .... lead man: Washington (as James Mullen)
Howard Sachs .... swing gang
Art Schneider .... lead man
Mark Wade .... property master
William Kellow .... construction propmaker (uncredited)
Robert Van Dyke .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Sound Department
Beth Bergeron .... supervising adr editor
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joseph Brennan)
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
Bob Cornett .... temporary dubbing editor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... dialogue editor
Patrick Drummond .... sound effects editor
Jessica Gallavan .... adr editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
Anne Grodzicki .... assistant sound editor
Margaret Guinee .... apprentice sound editor
Grover B. Helsley .... additional sound re-recordist (as Grover Helsley)
Wilt Henderson .... assistant sound editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist (as Ellen Huer)
John Hoeren .... assistant sound editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Dave Kulczycki .... dialogue editor
Gregg Landaker .... additional sound re-recordist
Beth Lynk .... assistant sound editor
Cindy Marty .... foley editor
Steve Maslow .... additional sound re-recordist
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Charleen Richards .... adr recordist (as Charlene Richards)
John Roesch .... foley artist
Jeff Rosen .... adr editor
Frank Smathers .... dialogue editor
Tracey Smith .... temporary dubbing editor (as Tracy Smith)
Rich Steven .... temporary dubbing editor
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... foley editor (as Mark Stoeckinger)
D.C. Valentine .... cable person
Cyndi Vaughan .... assistant sound editor
Linda Whittlesey .... sound effects editor
Gary Wright .... temporary dubbing editor
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Clayton R. Marsh .... opticals
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Florian Ballhaus .... second assistant camera
Steven Benioff .... video assistant
Winter Byrd .... video camera crew
Jerry DeBlau .... best boy
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer (as John DeBlau)
Douglas A. Degrazzio .... video technician (as Douglas DeGrazzio)
David M. Dunlap .... camera operator (as David Dunlap)
Brian Fitzsimons .... best boy grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Gregg Heschong .... director of photography: second unit
Bruce Kissel .... video camera crew
Gábor Kövér .... first assistant camera (as Gabor Kover)
Ronald Lamendola .... key grip: Washington
Greg Larson .... video camera crew
John Lowry .... dolly grip
Van Scarboro .... video technician
Stuart Stein .... second assistant camera
Frank Tobin .... best boy: Los Angeles
James Woodward Sr. .... gaffer: Washington
Missy Boswell .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
George Palmer .... video engineer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Paula Herold .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oda Groeschel .... costumer: women
G. Tony Scarano .... costumer: men (as Tony Scarano)
Catherine Adair .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kevin Barlia .... apprentice editor
M. Pam Blumenthal .... additional editor
Marly Carpenter .... apprentice editor
Margaret Goodspeed .... assistant editor
Bob Hagans .... color timer
Julie Hall .... apprentice editor
Stephanie Lowry .... apprentice editor (as Stephanie Ng)
Barbara Marks .... additional editor
David Moritz .... assistant editor
Michael Mulconery .... assistant editor
David Rawlins .... additional editor
Karen I. Stern .... first assistant editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Bob Badami .... music editor
Sally Boldt .... assistant music editor
Michel Camilo .... composer: newsroom theme
Lee De Carlo .... scoring mixer (as Lee DeCarlo)
Jack Eskew .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Julie Giroux .... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Siegel .... transportation coordinator
Skip Wilson .... transportation captain (as Frederick Wilson)
Other crew
Lisa Bailey .... assistant to producers
Mary Bailey .... script supervisor
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus .... production assistant (as Sebastian Ballhaus)
Saul Bass .... title designer
Diane Brooks .... senior production associate
Richard Clark .... video coordinator
David Davis .... special advisor
Barbara Duncan .... executive assistant: Mr. Brooks
Lynsey Evans .... production assistant
Paul Germain .... senior production associate
Clay A. Griffith .... production assistant (as Clay Griffith)
Craig Knizek .... production assistant
Kathi Levine .... assistant accountant
Patty MacDonald .... secretary: Mr. Brooks (as Patricia R. MacDonald)
Maggie Murphy .... production assistant (as Margaret Murphy)
Stuart Neumann .... location manager
Jeffrey A. Okun .... title coordinator (as Jeff Okun)
Peggy Pridemore .... location assistant
Jay Roberts .... accountant (as Lewis J. Roberts)
Richard Sakai .... executive: Gracie Films
Catherine Schellhorn .... production secretary
Anne Marie Stein .... unit publicist
Cynthia Streit .... production coordinator
Catherine Webb .... auditor
Ricardo Whitson .... craft service
Charlie Wilson .... technical coordinator
Elaine Bass .... title designer (uncredited)
Sondra Dee Boyachek .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Kate Karpinski .... stand-in (uncredited)
Linda Olszewski .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tom Trigo .... location scout (uncredited)
William L. Wright .... stand-in (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Did You Know?

John Cusack is credited as "Angry Messenger". During the staff firings, a young man yells "sons-a bitches!" and angrily throws a messenger bag to the office floor. We don't see the character's face, but the voice sounds like Cusack's.See more »
Factual errors: During the special report, towards the end there is a close up of the air monitor and the New York satellite return monitor. Both monitors are in perfect synchronization. If the satellite return was indeed a true satellite return (and probably analog at the time) there would have been at least a 1 1/2 to 2 second delay due to the latency of transmitting and receiving the satellite feed. Odds are most DC bureaus were connected to New York via AT&T longlines as fiber wasn't really in vogue at the time.See more »
Jane Craig:I-I can't help you. Sorry, I'm not here to teach remedial reporting.See more »
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32 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Smart scripting., 4 February 2003
Author: movibuf1962 from Washington, DC

BROADCAST NEWS marks the first time I saw Holly Hunter and I was mesmerized at her focus, quickness, passion, and finally her eccentric prettiness and sex appeal. The movie is hers from start to finish, and makes the 'love triangle' subplot almost unnecessary. She's so smart in the film (a rarity for a lead female) that you almost think if her only romantic choices are William Hurt's style-but-no-substance anchor or Albert Brooks's neurotic but intellectually arrogant reporter, she'd be better off with Robert Prosky. Though I can best relate to Albert Brooks (the guy who loves the smart, alluring girl who only sees him as a 'brother'), he still ticked me off a bit. My favorite scene in the film is him pouring his heart out to Hunter on a front porch confessing his love, then taking her by surprise and kissing her romantically (the only time he gets the chance). When he goes petulant later in the story, it's a bit hard to take. Fortunately, the James Brooks script and direction are a joy throughout, culminating in two perfect scenes: one with Joan Cusack unraveling seconds before a tape feed, and a marvelous 360 (?) pan thru the studio showing a live news feed from producer to anchor in one shot.

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