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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.

Director:

James L. Brooks

Writer:

James L. Brooks
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Robert Katims ... Martin Klein
Ed Wheeler ... George Weln
Stephen Mendillo ... Gerald Grunick
Kimber Shoop ... Young Tom
Dwayne Markee Dwayne Markee ... Young Aaron
Gennie James ... 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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Taglines:

It's the story of their lives.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French | German

Release Date:

25 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Network News See more »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Near the end of the movie the cabbie at the airport is played by J. Alan Thomas who played Jeff on "Taxi" for the entire run of the series. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Aaron Altman: Sorry... sex, tears... this must be the news.
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Crazy Credits

The suggested new News theme presented in the movie, including the "big finish!". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Midnight Train to Georgia
Written by Jim Weatherly
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
Courtesy of Buddah Records
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A forgotten classic which should be re-evaluated
1 July 2002 | by chuaSee all my reviews

For me this wonderful rollercoaster of a film bears repeated pleasurable viewings. Its about the tangled lives of three very different people. Holly Hunter is the obsessive workaholic producer. Albert Brookes plays the unprepossessing but brilliant journalist. William Hurt is the affable but dumb new kid on the block, news anchor.

The classical love triangle emerges with the stunningly witty and self deprecating Brookes in love with Hunter but she of course is attracted to Hurt.

This film works on many levels. At the very least it is a brilliant comedy with the one liners flying so thick and fast that each viewing bears a new harvest of ones that you may have missed last time. Its also a film about attraction and unfulfilled romance.

But perhaps most importantly the film examines the modern obsession with physical appearance and its ultimate triumph over intellect as a valued human attribute. This is personified by the meteoric career success of the Hurt character in contrast to Brookes relative decline.

Despite being fifteen years old the film has some startingly relevant messages about modern news values and the continuing decline in journalistic standards.

This film is a classic in every sense and it is difficult to understand why it has been so neglected


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