R | | Drama
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.
In Shaun Considine's biography of Paddy Chayefsky, it is revealed that Glenn Ford and William Holden were the finalists for the role of Max Schumaker. Holden's recent success in The Towering Inferno (1974) was believed to have been the deciding factor in his casting.
This story is about Howard Beale, who was the news anchorman on UBS TV. In his time, Howard Beale had been a mandarin of television, the grand old man of news, with a HUT rating of 16 and a 28 audience share. In 1969, however, his fortunes began to ...
When Max tells his wife he's having an affair, the scene begins with him smoking a cigarette. A few shots later, he's still sitting in the chair but there's no longer a cigarette anywhere.
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