Average Rating: 8.2/10
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Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Average Rating: 4.2/5
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A trenchant satire of "trash TV," Network seems to grow only more relevant with each passing year. Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the dean of newscasters at the United Broadcasting System, is put out to pasture because he "skews old." Network executive Max Schumacher (William Holden), Howard's best friend, is forced to deliver the bad news. Beale can't stomach the idea of losing his 25-year post as anchorman simply because of age, so in his next broadcast he announces to the viewers that he's going
Nov 27, 1976 Wide
May 16, 2000
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Mary Ann Gifford
Edward George Ruddy
Walter C. Amundsen
Milton K. Steinman
TV Stage Manager
TV Associate Director
TV Production Assistant
Sasha von Scherler
Network can be faulted both for going too far and not far enough, but it's also something that very few commercial films are these days. It's alive.
This is a bawdy, stops-out, no-holds-barred story of a TV network that will, quite literally, do anything to get an audience.
A brilliantly played, stone-cold '70s classic, whose message -- the blur between entertainment and degradation -- has more than a tang of topicality in these days of reality TV-dominated scheduling.
There is plenty wrong with television, plenty to satirize. But Network prudently misses the point, dishing up an outrageous razzle-dazzle stew that will ruffle no network feathers and delight a popular audience.
Fearless, funny and frank television satire that doesn't take any prisoners. Writing, performances and direction are all bang on and Finch cooks on gas throughout.
the secret to the film's immense popularity, though, is this angry, sudden blast of "truth" -- without being specific -- as if it had never been spoken aloud before.
Writer Paddy Chayevsky's prescient 1976 satire of lies, injustice and the American way...has lost none of its sting. [Blu-ray]
Finch's spouting is impressive, but we prefer Holden's sardonic edge, even if his big speeches seem the most predictably written.
For some reason, Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning satire was perceived as a drama when the movie came out in 1976. Much ahead of its time, the film was a cautionary tale of the news media as infotainment (emphasis on the secon part of the concept).
So truthful, so prescient, it's painful. Paddy Chayevsky delivers one of the best screenplays ever written.
Audience Reviews for Network
- Howard Beale: I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!
- Howard Beale: I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!
- Max Schumacher: You're madness Diana. Virulent madness. And everything you touch dies with you.
- Howard Beale: I'm human being, GOD DAMNIT! My life has value!
- Howard Beale: I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!
- Max Schumacher: You are television incarnate, Diana.
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