A handsome if hollow anchorman, a sexy, overachieving producer and a stolid, camera-shy reporter make for a chaotic lovers triangle in this smart and sensitive comedy about misplaced love. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Actor--William Hurt, Best Actress--Holly Hunter, Best Supporting Actor--Albert Brooks, Best (Original) Screenplay.
William Hurt - American Actor, THE BIG CHILL (1983)
James L. Brooks - Director/Producer/Screenwriter
Joan Cusack - American actress, WORKING GIRL (1988)
Jack Nicholson - American actor, producer, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
Holly Hunter - American Actress, RAISING ARIZONA (1987)
Robert Prosky - American Character Actor
Albert Brooks - Actor/writer/director
Albert Einstein - Actor/writer/director
James Brooks directs William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks in this satirical comedy about three ambitious newscasters. Tom Grunick, a rising anchorman, has plenty of on-camera savvy, personality and good looks but little in the way of brains. He may be dumb as a doornail but Tom's got the star presence his network needs. Then there's Aaron Altman, a less than good-looking newsman, who's dedicated, diligent and down-to-earth. Aaron would love to be an anchor but he freezes up the moment he's in front of the camera. Spunky, smart news producer Jane Craig is excellent at her job but has difficulty handling the pressure. Can these workaholics mask their personal quirks long enough to jump-start their professional lives?
Additional cast members include: peter Hackes, Christian Clemenson, Robert Katims and Ed Wheeler. James L. Brooks, who began his own career in a television newsroom, got the idea for "Broadcast News" when a journalist invited him to the 1984 Democratic Convention. Plunged into the world of network news, he developed friendships with a dozen TV correspondents, ultimately creating characters based on their lives and personalities.
"...One of the most enjoyable and literate romantic comedies ever filmed..." - 12/14/1989 Rolling Stone, p.23
"...Three smashing star performances by [Hunter, Hurt and Brooks]....Its wit is decently humane..." - 12/16/1987 New York Times, p.C21
"...Enormously entertaining....The bustling Washington newsroom is a colorful and fascinating stage..." - 12/09/1987 Variety
"...Diabolically clever....Brooks' talent for observation and for truthful, careful writing borders on the eerie..." - 12/16/1987 Los Angeles Times, p.C1
"[With] one of cinema's most delightfully complex and obsessive heroines....It's impossible to imagine anyone other than Hunter as this winning, though never winsome, working girl." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.65
"[A] relevant and painfully hilarious indictment of the media's promotion of false emotion..." - 01/01/2011 Film Comment
"Wickedly funny and smart....It's a brilliant film, whether you're watching it for the first or fifth time." -- Grade: A - 01/28/2011 Entertainment Weekly
"A warm, humanist comedy about the struggle to reconcile work, love and ethics, it's the kind of character-driven, meticulous performed and emotionally crunchy work that Hollywood has lately rendered almost extinct." - 04/01/2011 Sight and Sound