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Broadcast News (1987)

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Take two rival television reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one Producer, female. Mix well, and watch the sparks fly.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Grunick
... Aaron Altman
... Jane Craig
... Ernie Merriman
... Jennifer Mack
... Blair Litton (as Joan Cusak)
Peter Hackes ... Paul Moore
... Bobby
... Bill Rorish
Robert Katims ... Martin Klein
... George Weln
... Gerald Grunick
Kimber Shoop ... Young Tom
Dwayne Markee ... Young Aaron
... Young Jane
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Storyline

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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25 December 1987 (USA)  »

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Network News  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,542, 20 December 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,249,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,331,309
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First theatrical film in four years for James L. Brooks, whose previous film was Terms of Endearment (1983), which won five Academy Awards including Best Picture. Albert Brooks and Jack Nicholson appeared in this movie and Terms of Endearment (1983). At least eighteen members of cast and crew worked on both of these movies. Also, both of the movies were Oscar nominated in numerous categories, with this movie and Terms of Endearment (1983) receiving seven and eleven Academy Award nominations, respectively. See more »

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One of the anchormen asks for water at his desk. The Italian version mistranslates "I want Walter at my desk". See more »

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Martin Klein: OK. What about this? Here's a tough ethical one. Would you tell a source that you loved them? Just to get some information?
Aaron Altman: Yes.
George Wein: Yes.
Ernie Merriman: Me too.
Jennifer Mack: Sure.
George Wein: You bet.
Aaron Altman: Jennifer didn't know there was an alternative.
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Albert Brooks' singing of "L'Edition Speciale" from the film also briefly appears in the end credits. 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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Did Walter Cronkite act like this?
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Excellent movie about a big media firm and the goings on both on and off camera. Covering several years, the film centers on 3 upwardly mobile, young hopefuls, all striving for their place within the corporation. Well written dialogue, flawless acting, and a riveting story made for 2 hours of solid entertainment.


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