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
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This was James L. Brooks's first theatrical film in four years. His previous film, Terms of Endearment (1983), won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Albert Brooks and Jack Nicholson appeared in this movie and Terms of Endearment (1983). At least 18 members of cast and crew worked on both of these movies. Also, both movies were Oscar nominated in numerous categories, with this movie receiving seven Academy Award nominations. See more »
When editing the mercenary footage, Bobby didn't dub the edited spot to video cassette before handing it off to be inserted into the broadcast feed. See more »
This is a brutal layoff. And all because they couldn't program Wednesday nights.
You can make it less brutal by knocking a million or so off your salary... Bad joke, I'm sorry.
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The suggested new News theme presented in the movie, including the "big finish!". See more »
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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