R | | Drama
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.
25 August 2005 | Michael Margetis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
9 | "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" - Howard Beale
#1 Best Film of 1976 'Network' is Paddy Chafesky's riveting and grim tale of the sleaze surrounding the American ...
According to Shaun Considine, the author of "Mad As Hell: The Life and Work of Paddy Chayefsky", George C. Scott was offered the role of Howard Beale but declined without reading the script, apparently due to his having once been offended by director Sidney Lumet. Whatever ... ...
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 ...
Just after Beale announces his intention to commit suicide on the air, we see a row of TV screens showing how the story is being covered by the other channels. Playing a news anchor, John Gabriel claims that "something happened at one of our sister networks..." It should have been referred to as a "competitive" network - a "sister" implies the same corporate ownership, something prohibited by the FCC in 1976.
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