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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 15 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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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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It's the story of their lives.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

Aaron Altman asks Tom Grunick if he can name each of the Cabinet Members, and, when Tom tells him yes, and Aaron asks, "All twelve?", to which Tom replies, "Yes, Aaron, all twelve", and then Brooks says, "There are only ten." There were actually 13 in 1986: Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury. As of 2016, there are 15: the 13 in 1986 plus Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. 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

Tom Granick: It's amazing who's here.
Jane Craig: Who?
Tom Granick: Me.
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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 »

Connections

References Today (1982) 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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French | German

Release Date:

25 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Network News See more »

Filming Locations:

Clifton, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,542, 20 December 1987

Gross USA:

$51,249,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,331,309
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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