Broadcast News (1987)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance


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Take two rival television reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one Producer, female. Mix well, and watch the sparks fly.


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  • William Hurt and Christian Clemenson in Broadcast News (1987)
  • William Hurt and Albert Brooks in Broadcast News (1987)
  • Holly Hunter and William Hurt in Broadcast News (1987)
  • Jack Nicholson and Peter Hackes in Broadcast News (1987)
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1 July 2002 | chua
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| A forgotten classic which should be re-evaluated
For me this wonderful rollercoaster of a film bears repeated pleasurable viewings. Its about the tangled lives of three very different people. Holly Hunter is the obsessive workaholic producer. Albert Brookes plays the unprepossessing but brilliant journalist. William Hurt is the affable but dumb new kid on the block, news anchor.

The classical love triangle emerges with the stunningly witty and self deprecating Brookes in love with Hunter but she of course is attracted to Hurt.

This film works on many levels. At the very least it is a brilliant comedy with the one liners flying so thick and fast that each viewing bears a new harvest of ones that you may have missed last time. Its also a film about attraction and unfulfilled romance.

But perhaps most importantly the film examines the modern obsession with physical appearance and its ultimate triumph over intellect as a valued human attribute. This is personified by the meteoric career success of the Hurt character in contrast to Brookes relative decline.

Despite being fifteen years old the film has some startingly relevant messages about modern news values and the continuing decline in journalistic standards.

This film is a classic in every sense and it is difficult to understand why it has been so neglected

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Release Date:

25 December 1987

Language

English, Spanish, French, German


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Clifton, Virginia, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,542 20 December 1987

Gross USA:

$51,249,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,331,309

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