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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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James L. Brooks

Writer:

James L. Brooks
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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 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 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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It's the story of their lives.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

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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

The only ever film and television credit where John Cusack has been billed under the name "John Cusak" with this spelling. 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 »

Quotes

Blair Litton: Oh, you think anyone who's proud of the work we do is an ass-kisser.
Aaron Altman: No, I think anyone who puckers up their lips and presses it against their bosses buttocks and then *smooches* is an ass-kisser.
Blair Litton: My gosh... and for a while there I was attracted to you.
Aaron Altman: Well, wait a minute, that changes everything!
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Crazy Credits

Albert Brooks' singing of "L'Edition Speciale" from the film also briefly appears in the end credits. See more »

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L'Edition Speciale
Written by Francis Cabrel
Performed by Francis Cabrel
Courtesy of Editions 31 (Paris)
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Beware of TV news!
31 January 2003 | by davidholmesfrSee all my reviews

Essential viewing for anyone who watches TV news as it may help to become a little more sceptical, or even cynical. On a personal note I recall taking a course some years ago about being interviewed for TV - what to do, what not to do. The course instructors impressed on us that TV news was a "branch of show-biz". That depressing view, which is probably even more valid today than when it was made, is reinforced by this film. Never mind journalistic integrity, what counts is the ability to look good and smile nicely. And make sure you don't sweat on camera.

The interactions between the three main characters form the centre-piece, each with his or her own ambitions, capabilities and beliefs. Brooks takes these differences and sets them into the volatile setting of a TV news studio, and adds more than a pinch of love interest to the mixture. The result is a complex, if somewhat overlong, portrayal of how we compromise every day in order to meet our ambitions and take others with us. It is always entertaining, although the final scene was, perhaps, unnecessary given everything that had gone before.


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