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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.

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  • Won 4 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 26 nominations.
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Diana Christensen
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Max Schumacher
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Howard Beale
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Frank Hackett
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Nelson Chaney
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Arthur Jensen
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Great Ahmed Kahn
Bill Burrows ...
TV Director
John Carpenter ...
George Bosch
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Harry Hunter
Kathy Cronkite ...
Mary Ann Gifford
Ed Crowley ...
Joe Donnelly
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Walter C. Amundsen
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Barbara Schlesinger
Gene Gross ...
Milton K. Steinman
Stanley Grover ...
Jack Snowden
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Caroline Schumacher
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Bill Herron
Mitchell Jason ...
Arthur Zangwill
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TV Stage Manager
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Merrill Grant
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Associate Producer
Lynn Klugman ...
TV Production Assistant
Carolyn Krigbaum ...
Max's Secretary
Zane Lasky ...
Audio Man
Michael Lipton ...
Tommy Pellegrino
Michael Lombard ...
Willie Stein
Pirie MacDonald ...
Herb Thackeray
Russ Petranto ...
TV Associate Director
Bernard Pollock ...
Lou
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Sam Haywood
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Edward George Ruddy
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Helen Miggs
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Robert McDonough
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Giannini (as Theodore Sorel)
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Louise Schumacher
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Mosaic Figure
Cameron Thomas ...
TV Technical Director
Marlene Warfield ...
Laureen Hobbs
Lydia Wilen ...
Hunter's Secretary
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Narrator (voice)
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John Chancellor ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Agent (uncredited)
Todd Everett ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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TV Anchor Reporting Beale's Suicide Threat (uncredited)
Tom Gibney ...
Announcer (uncredited)
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Network Lawyer at Khan's Place (uncredited)
Raymond Martino ...
Window Person (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Man at Desk (uncredited)
Ahmed Yamani ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

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Sidney Lumet

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Paddy Chayefsky ... (written by)

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

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Elliot Lawrence ... (original music composed by)

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Owen Roizman ... director of photography

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Alan Heim

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

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Juliet Taylor

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Philip Rosenberg

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Edward Stewart

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Theoni V. Aldredge

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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

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Alan Hopkins ... first assistant director (as Jay Allan Hopkins)
Ralph S. Singleton ... second assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)

Art Department

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Connie Brink ... property master (as Conrad Brink)
William F. Reynolds ... Set Dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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)

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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

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

Location Management

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

Music Department

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Elliot Lawrence ... conductor: original music

Other crew

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Selma Brown ... production auditor
Kay Chapin ... script supervisor
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)
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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)
  • TV mreža (Serbia)
  • Escândalo na TV (Portugal)
  • Network - Main basse sur la TV (Canada, French title)
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  • 121 min
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Budget $3,800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Director Sidney Lumet and Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky claimed that the film was not meant to be a satire but a reflection of what was really happening. 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 »
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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