R | | Drama
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.
Henry Fonda turned down the role of Howard Beale, saying that it was "too hysterical." Glenn Ford and George C. Scott did also. Although William Holden turned it down, he was cast in the other male lead and was nominated for Best Actor along with Peter Finch.
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 ...
The (then) analog channel 3 was not assigned to Los Angeles. The nearest city where it was assigned, was Santa Barbara CA, some 90 miles away.
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