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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. What's ... ...
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 ...
In the aftermath of Beale's assassination, one of the news outlets describes him as dying in a hail "of automatic rifle fire." However, neither of the assassins uses an automatic rifle.
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