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Academy Award, Emmy and Golden-Globe winner Faye Dunaway ("Chinatown," "Bonnie and Clyde") and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Peter Finch ("Sunday Bloody Sunday," "The Nun's Story") star in this powerful and still-relevant satire of the news industry. When a news anchor has a nervous breakdown on live television, and threatens to kill himself on a following live newscast, the event is manipulated by his driven producer into a ratings smash. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay and two for Actor (it won for Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress and Original Screenplay), and winner of four Golden Globe awards, including Best Director, Actor and Actress. Also starring Academy Award-winner William Holden ("Sunset Boulevard," "The Wild Bunch"), Academy Award-winner Beatrice Straight ("Poltergeist," "The Nun's Story"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner and Emmy-nominee Robert Duvall ("Falling Down," "The Godfather" 1 and 2).
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 53
- Fresh: 48
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 8.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Network can be faulted both for going too far and not far enough, but it's also something that very few commercial films are these days. It's alive.
Fresh: The film's never been more timely.
Fresh: This is a bawdy, stops-out, no-holds-barred story of a TV network that will, quite literally, do anything to get an audience.
Fresh: The greatest screenplay ever to remain undestroyed by Hollywood.
A classic that is more relevant today
This is a very smart and relevant film, even after 30 years. The country's in a recession, the people are sullen and angry about the political scandals, the price of oil, and the war; and the networks are so desperate that they'll put any sort of sensationalism on the air. Sound familiar? Welcome back to 1975! The film is a satirical look at the cutthroat world of corporate broadcasting, but it's an even more scathing commentary on our society, and the mindless masses that are glued to their televisions.
This is one of the most important movies ever made. If this climactic speech in the middle of this movie doesn't send shivers down your spine and force tears out of your eyes, you don't have a soul. Watch it while you still have your freedom.
I believe the term "masterpiece" is a horribly overused honorific when it comes to movie reviews on here and elsewhere. I also believe this is one of the few movies that actually deserves it. Btw, this is in no way a comedy.