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A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit, but finds that his message may be difficult to control.

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Diana Christensen
Max Schumacher
Howard Beale
Frank Hackett
Nelson Chaney
Arthur Jensen
Great Ahmed Kahn
TV Director
George Bosch
Harry Hunter
Mary Ann Gifford
Joe Donnelly
Walter C. Amundsen
Barbara Schlesinger
Gene Gross ...
Milton K. Steinman
Stanley Grover ...
Jack Snowden
Caroline Schumacher
Bill Herron
Mitchell Jason ...
Arthur Zangwill
TV Stage Manager
Merrill Grant
Associate Producer
Lynn Klugman ...
TV Production Assistant
Carolyn Krigbaum ...
Max's Secretary
Audio Man
Michael Lipton ...
Tommy Pellegrino
Willie Stein
Pirie MacDonald ...
Herb Thackeray
Russ Petranto ...
TV Associate Director
Bernard Pollock ...
Sam Haywood
Edward George Ruddy
Helen Miggs
Robert McDonough
Giannini (as Theodore Sorel)
Louise Schumacher
Mosaic Figure
Cameron Thomas ...
TV Technical Director
Laureen Hobbs
Lydia Wilen ...
Hunter's Secretary
Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Robert P. Cohen ...
Window Person (uncredited)
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Agent (uncredited)
Todd Everett ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
TV Anchor Reporting Beale's Suicide Threat (uncredited)
Tom Gibney ...
Announcer (uncredited)
Network Lawyer at Khan's Place (uncredited)
Raymond Martino ...
Window Person (uncredited)
John Pashley ...
Cameraman (uncredited)
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Man at Desk (uncredited)
Ahmed Yamani ...
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

Sidney Lumet

Written by

Paddy Chayefsky ... (by)

Produced by

Fred C. Caruso ... associate producer (as Fred Caruso)
Howard Gottfried ... producer

Music by

Elliot Lawrence ... (original music composed by)

Cinematography by

Owen Roizman ... director of photography

Editing by

Alan Heim

Editorial Department

Michael Jacobi ... assistant editor
Don Dittmar ... color timer (uncredited)
Norman Hollyn ... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Wolf ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

Philip Rosenberg

Set Decoration by

Edward Stewart

Costume Design by

Theoni V. Aldredge

Makeup Department

John Alese ... makeup
Susan Germaine ... hair: Ms. Dunaway
Lee Harman ... makeup: Ms. Dunaway
Philip Leto ... hair (as Phil Leto)
Network ... makeup daily (uncredited)
Barbie Palmer ... makeup daily (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Alan Hopkins ... first assistant director (as Jay Allan Hopkins)
Ralph S. Singleton ... second assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)
Peter R. Scoppa ... first assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Connie Brink ... property master (as Conrad Brink)
Phillip Jostrom ... assistant to art director (uncredited)
Eugene Powell ... scenic artist (uncredited)
William F. Reynolds ... set dresser (uncredited)
Walter Way ... construction grip (uncredited)
Jules Wollock ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

Jack Fitzstephens ... sound editor
Marc Laub ... sound editor (as Marc M. Laub)
Sanford Rackow ... sound editor
James Sabat ... sound mixer
Dick Vorisek ... re-recordist
Louis Cerborino ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker ... adr recordist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Michael Ginsburg ... still photographer
Kenneth Goss ... key grip
Norman Leigh ... gaffer
Gary Muller ... second assistant cameraman
Tom Prate ... grip
Tom Priestley Jr. ... assistant cameraman
Fred Schuler ... camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

George Newman ... costumer
Marilyn Putnam ... costumer

Location Management

John H. Starke ... location coordinator (as John Starke)

Music Department

Elliot Lawrence ... conductor: original music

Script and Continuity Department

Kay Chapin ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

James Giblin ... transportation chief (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Selma Brown ... production auditor
Steve Rutt ... video logo by: U.B.S., EUE Video Services
Connie Schoenberg ... office coordinator
Stephen Frankfurt ... title designer (uncredited)
Mark Hurwitz ... production assistant (uncredited)
Lynn Klugman ... television consultant (uncredited)
Susan B. Landau ... production assistant (uncredited)
John McWade ... assistant to production auditor (uncredited)
Howard Newman ... publicity coordinator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

In the 1970s, terrorist violence is the stuff of networks' nightly news programming and the corporate structure of the UBS Television Network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging UBS news anchor, has lost his once strong ratings share and so the network fires him. Beale reacts in an unexpected way. We then see how this affects the fortunes of Beale, his coworkers (Max Schumacher and Diana Christensen), and the network. Written by Bruce Janson

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Taglines "NETWORK"... the humanoids, the love story, the trials and tribulations, the savior of television, the attempted suicides, the assassination -- it's ALL coming along with a galaxy of stars you know and love! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Network - Main basse sur la TV (France)
  • Network, un mundo implacable (Spain)
  • 电视台风云 (China, Mandarin title)
  • 螢光幕後 (Taiwan)
  • Escândalo na TV (Portugal)
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  • 121 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,800,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $1,250,675

Did You Know?

Trivia Peter Finch was desperate to win the role of Howard Beale once he had read the script. He even offered to pay his own airfare to New York City for the screentest. But Sidney Lumet was concerned about Finch's Australian accent. Finch won the part after sending Lumet a recording of himself reading the New York Times with a perfect American accent. See more »
Goofs Every one of Howard Beale's shows has the same studio audience (note the man in the black vest, with long hair and a beard). See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Amérique, notre histoire (2006). See more »
Crazy Credits Paddy Chayefsky's credit in the opening credits says "by Paddy Chayefsky" (rather than "written by Paddy Chayefsky" or a variant thereof). See more »
Quotes Howard Beale: I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's a depression. Everybody's out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel's worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you've got to get mad. You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"
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