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- Faye Dunaway

Overview - With stunning prescience, Sidney Lumet's searing satire of television and the contemporary moment chronicles media corruption and the way that the public buys into the myths the media creates. The moral and spiritual turpitude delivered by the debilitating forces of television are rendered in sharp relief against a backdrop of crumbling humanity in what is regarded as one of the great satires in Hollywood history.  Read more...

 
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Overview

With stunning prescience, Sidney Lumet's searing satire of television and the contemporary moment chronicles media corruption and the way that the public buys into the myths the media creates. The moral and spiritual turpitude delivered by the debilitating forces of television are rendered in sharp relief against a backdrop of crumbling humanity in what is regarded as one of the great satires in Hollywood history. With a visceral script from Paddy Chayefsky, NETWORK follows the doomed path of aging newsman Howard Beale (Peter Finch), who, upon learning that he is to be fired after decades as a news anchor, announces to millions of viewers that he will publicly commit suicide during his last broadcast. When the ratings consequently shoot up, hungry executive-in-training Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) seizes the moment to exploit Beale's Messianic nervous breakdown, turning his rage into the vehicle for the network's first Number One show and a nationwide craze. Who could have predicted that this 1976 film might someday influence an even more contagious trend in television broadcasting: the reality show?

Awards:
1976 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner
1976 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1976 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
1976 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner

Cast List

Elliot Lawrence - American Composer
Kathy Cronkite
Paddy Chayefsky - Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, NETWORK, ALTERED STATES
Paddy Chayevsky - Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, NETWORK, ALTERED STATES
Sidney Chayevsky - Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, NETWORK, ALTERED STATES
Peter Finch - Oscar-winning Australian Actor/In UK
Kenneth Kimmins
Roy Poole - American Actor
Sidney Lumet - American director/producer
Wesley Addy - American actor, HUSH, HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE
Wes Addy - American actor, HUSH, HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE
Beatrice Straight - American Character Actress, NETWORK (1976)
Zane Lasky
Cameron Thomas
Paul Jenkins
Fred Stuthman
Faye Dunaway - Oscar winning american actress, NETWORK
Ed Crowley
Bill Burrows
Lynn Klugman
Marlene Warfield - Supporting Actress
Howard Gottfried - Producer/Executive
Ned Beatty - American character actor
Arthur Burghardt
Pirie MacDonald
Lydia Wilson
Michael Lombard - Actor/Australian?
Lee Richardson - Actor
Jordan Charney - American TV/Film Actor
Conchata Ferrell - American actress, TWO AND A HALF MEN
Ken Kercheval - American TV/Film Actor
Bernie Pollack - Costume Designer
Robert Duvall - American Actor/Director
Bodge - American Actor/Director
Carolyn Krigbaum
Ted Sorel - Actor
Theodore Sorel - Actor
Darryl Hickman - American TV/Film Actor
Lane Smith - American Character Actor
Alan Heim - American Editor
Owen Roizman - American Director Of Photography
William Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
William Franklin Beedle Jr. - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Bill Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Jerome Dempsey
Stanley Grover
Russ Petranto
Michael Lipton - Score Composer
Gene Gross
Mitchell Jason
Sasha Von Sherler
Cindy Grover
William Prince - American Supporting Actor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 122
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929157921
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: November 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Television
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Black Comedy
Classic
Psychos
Social Issues
Recommended
Big Business
Satire
Infidelity
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
Sidney Lumet's NETWORK takes a close look at the lengths to which television stations will go to improve their ratings--pulling publicity stunts, playing up news team dramas, and constantly scheming behind the scenes.

Notes:
Theatrical release: November 27, 1976. Filmed on location in New York City. The film is Peter Finch's last big-screen project; his last performance was in the TV movie RAID ON ENTEBBE. NETWORK is number 66 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. NETWORK was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2000. Beatrice Straight won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress despite logging mere minutes onscreen, causing a minor uproar.

Reviews:
"...A vicious, exaggerated satire which aims for barbed black humour over belly laughs....[With a] sharp screenplay..." - 09/01/2000 Total Film, p.110


"Finch won a posthumous Oscar for his all-over-the-map portrayal of Beale." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.62


4 stars out of 4 -- "If movies can tell the future, then this 1976 harbinger about a major network's calculated and deranged ratings grab is right on time." - 03/09/2006 Rolling Stone, p97


"NETWORK is the perfect meeting of director and screenplay....Lumet and Chayefsky's real achievement is the subtle escalation of the drama..." - 10/01/2008 Empire, p.177


"Craven TV execs like Faye Dunaway's may have seemed harmlessly cartoonish then, but now they feel like a dangerous prophecy come true." -- Grade: A - 02/25/2011 Entertainment Weekly

 
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