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A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.
According to Sidney Lumet, the "Mad as Hell" speech was filmed in one and a half takes. Midway through the second take, Peter Finch abruptly stopped in exhaustion. Lumet was unaware of Finch's failing heart at the time, but in any case, did not ask for a third take. ... ...
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 ...
Every one of Howard Beale's shows has the same studio audience (note the man in the black vest, with long hair and a beard).
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