Broadcast News (1987)
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Writer/director/producer James L. Brooks scores on all counts with this clear-eyed look at the television news business and the dysfunctional types who work in it. Brooks' intelligent script introduces us to Jane Craig (Holly Hunter), an ambitious producer at the network news division's Washington D.C. branch, who is calm under fire yet has a good cry at her desk every morning over her empty personal life. Jane works well with Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), an excellent reporter who lacks the
Dec 16, 1987 Wide
Oct 5, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Underpinning what is a charming, protean love-triangle is a serious statement about the function, value, and direction of television news.
The movie is a sarcastic and carefully detailed picture of a world Mr. Brooks finds fascinating and also a little scary.
Broadcast News has a lot of interesting things to say about television. But the thing it does best is look into a certain kind of personality and a certain kind of relationship.
(The) endlessly quotable writing... keeps the film fresh as Tom, Aaron and Jane carom off each other at ever-more oblique angles.
The human element is just as prescient as it was then, while the characters' romantic/professional entanglements now have the added poignancy of the past tense.
By looking at the small-screen picture...[Brooks] provocatively suggests that America's socio-political problems are pretty much the same as the personal problems of its citizens. [Blu-ray]
People often behave foolishly in matters of love and just about everything else. That can lead to heartache and tragedy, but that same foolishness can also be very funny to watch, as it is here.
The outstanding set pieces give the viewer an idea of the job pressures, its perks, pitfalls and how the news is in the long run compromised.
In a film tracing the endless battles between style and substance, Brooks delivers both in abundance.
Hunter and Brooks are hugely appealing as news professionals trying to stay afloat in the corporate cauldron.
Though lacking visual style, this is a poignantly written film about the changing professional mores of TV news in the electronic age, well-acted by the three leads, Holly Hunter, William Hurt, and Albert Brooks.
Smart, biting media humor is a bit dated, but well worthwhile viewing.
I could gush over this movie for hours, just delightful
The best movie about the television business
It's absurd but often funny, usually when it's dissecting the TV trade.
A good love story and nice behind-the-scenes look at the news.
Brooks' screenplay still seems alarmingly timely in its portrait of the blurring of the lines between what is news and what is entertainment. The movie's quietly devastating climax beautifully illustrates the collapse of ethics in TV journalism.
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- Young Tom: What can you do with your life if all you can do is look good?
- Aaron Altman: I know you care about him. I've never seen you like this about anyone, so please don't take it wrong when I tell you that I believe that Tom, while a very nice guy, is the Devil.
- Jane Craig: I-I can't help you. Sorry, I'm not here to teach remedial reporting.
- Jane Craig: Just what do you want from me anyway, permission to be a fake? Stop whining.
- Aaron Altman: I'll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time.
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