Broadcast News

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Blockbuster dramatist James L. Brooks delivers with Broadcast News, fully entertaining with deft, deep characterization.

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Intelligent satire of American television news. A highly strung news producer finds herself strangely attracted to a vapid anchorman even through she loathes everything he personifies. To make matters worse, her best friend, a talented but not particularly telegenic news reporter, is secretly in love with her.

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  • Aug 03, 2018
    It deserved all Oscar nominations it got (especially for its exceptional script) and should have received another for best director too, considering how well Brooks understands his characters and draws impeccable performances from its three actors, who have an amazing chemistry together.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2014
    I saw all the great reviews but I did not feel this film was particularly amazing.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2014
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2012
    A perfect example of exactly what they teach us in my screenwriting classes. The key to a great story is a simple plot, and complicated characters.
    Jared H Super Reviewer

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