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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James L. Brooks
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Tom Grunick

as Jane Craig

as Aaron Altman

as Bill Rorish

as Ernie Merriman

as Jennifer Mack

as Blair Litton

as Paul Moore

as Martin Klein

as George Wein

as Gerald Grunick

as Angry Messenger

as Young Tom

as Young Aaron

as Young Jane

as Jane's Dad

as Elli Merriman

as Anne Merriman

as Clifford Altman

as Mercenary

as Spanish Cameraman

as Chyron Operator

as Guerilla Leader

as Assistant Director

as Guerilla Soldier

as Gen. McGuire

as Commander

as Date-Rape Victim

as Weekend News Produce...

as Makeup Woman

as Floor Manager

as Paul's Secretary

as Jane's Dad

as Edward Towne

as Tom's Soundwoman

as Newsroom Worker

as Chyron Operator

as Control Room Directo...

as Weekend News Directo...

as Technician

as Audio Visual Enginee...

as Lecture Host

as Aaron's Cameraman

as Aaron's Soundwoman

as Mother in Hall

as Tom's Female Colleag...

as Uniformed Cop

as Defense Dept. Spokes...

as NATO Spokesman

as Woman at Speech

as Man in Airport

as Woman in Airport

as Airport Cabbie

as Technical Director

as Technical Director

as Assistant Director

as Assistant Director

as News Theme Writer

as News Theme Writer

as Young Tough

as Young Tough

as Young Tough

as Guests at Ball

as Guests at Ball

as Guests at Ball

as Guests at Ball
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Critic Reviews for Broadcast News

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9)

All the performers are tops.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Enormously entertaining.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Top Critic

One of the best entertainments of 1987.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Underpinning what is a charming, protean love-triangle is a serious statement about the function, value, and direction of television news.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie is a sarcastic and carefully detailed picture of a world Mr. Brooks finds fascinating and also a little scary.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

(The) endlessly quotable writing... keeps the film fresh as Tom, Aaron and Jane carom off each other at ever-more oblique angles.

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Broadcast News

I saw all the great reviews but I did not feel this film was particularly amazing.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


A very entertaining, extremely well-written and acted look at a news team and how dedicated they are to their jobs, as well as how they interact with each other outside of the office. Director/writer James L. Brooks does a near flawless job detailing each one of his characters, such as the up and coming lead anchor (William Hurt), the cute but insecure producer (Holly Hunter), and the talented but looked over reporter (Albert Brooks) who is hopelessly in love with her. The clichéd "love triangle" is actually handled meticulously well, with certain angles being thrown in that I have not seen before. But it is really the fantastic writing and the use of an overlooked detail in the story that changes everything that makes this movie all the more special. The performances are all outstanding, and the pace of the film is exceptional as it moves along with breathless ease. Highly recommended.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Network in the 80's without the RAGE!

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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