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.




  • Jack Nicholson in Broadcast News (1987)
  • Holly Hunter in Broadcast News (1987)
  • Jack Nicholson and Peter Hackes in Broadcast News (1987)
  • William Hurt and Albert Brooks in Broadcast News (1987)
  • William Hurt and Christian Clemenson in Broadcast News (1987)
  • Holly Hunter and William Hurt in Broadcast News (1987)

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31 January 2003 | davidholmesfr
| Beware of TV news!
Essential viewing for anyone who watches TV news as it may help to become a little more sceptical, or even cynical. On a personal note I recall taking a course some years ago about being interviewed for TV - what to do, what not to do. The course instructors impressed on us that TV news was a "branch of show-biz". That depressing view, which is probably even more valid today than when it was made, is reinforced by this film. Never mind journalistic integrity, what counts is the ability to look good and smile nicely. And make sure you don't sweat on camera.

The interactions between the three main characters form the centre-piece, each with his or her own ambitions, capabilities and beliefs. Brooks takes these differences and sets them into the volatile setting of a TV news studio, and adds more than a pinch of love interest to the mixture. The result is a complex, if somewhat overlong, portrayal of how we compromise every day in order to meet our ambitions and take others with us. It is always entertaining, although the final scene was, perhaps, unnecessary given everything that had gone before.

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Release Date:

25 December 1987


English, Spanish, French, German

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Clifton, Virginia, USA

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,542 20 December 1987

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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