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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marc Shaiman: The Emmy Award winning music composer as a News Theme Writer. See more »

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The surnames of both Joan Cusack and John Cusack are misspelled "Cusak" in the end credits. See more »

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Aaron Altman: I know you care about him. I've never seen you like this about anyone, so please don't get me wrong when I tell you that Tom, while being a very nice guy, is the Devil.
Jane Craig: This isn't friendship. You're crazy, you know that?
Aaron Altman: What do you think the Devil is going to look like if he's around?
Jane Craig: God!
Aaron Altman: Come on! Nobody is going to be taken in by a guy with a long, red, pointy tail! What's he gonna sound like?
[hisses]
Aaron Altman: No. I'm semi-serious here.
Jane Craig: You're seriously...
Aaron Altman: He will be attractive! He'll be nice and ...
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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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L'Edition Speciale
Written by Francis Cabrel
Performed by Francis Cabrel
Courtesy of Editions 31 (Paris)
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Broadcast: Stay Away?
23 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

I had the same problem with this as I had with - amongst others - "Terms of Endearment" & The "Big Chill"...

They all contain characters who are intelligent, which is a plus, but there's no WARMTH to them; it's all a massive game of one-upmanship concerning who can prove that they're more 'switched-on' than the rest... Intelligent, but self absorbed clueless schmucks, the lot of them... If these accurately represent the middle-classes in America, then I want nothing to do with them.

Give me characters I hate, because at least then they're giving you back some kind of energy, even if it's a negative vibe... Here, the characters were dull because they were defined by their job, and how it made them see themselves, so I never wanted to spend any time with them. People are interesting when we get to see who they truly are - whether good or bad. This is not that type of film, because of the type of environment they're in, these folk are constantly posturing for other people instead of relaxing and being who they really are.

It's an interesting commentary on the type of behaviour it takes to succeed, I suppose... I just didn't see why I should care when it was all fake.


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