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Broadcast News

R| 2 hr. 12 min.

Plot Summary
Intelligent satire of American television news. A highly strung news producer finds herself strangely attracted to a vapid anchorman even through she loathes everything he personifies. To make matters worse, her best friend, a talented but not particularly telegenic news reporter, is secretly in love with her.

Cast: William Hurt , Albert Brooks , Holly Hunter , Robert Prosky , Lois Chiles , Joan Cusack , Peter Hackes , Christian Clemenson

Director: James L. Brooks

Genres: Romantic comedy

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Broadcast News (1987)

Release Date: February 22nd, 2004|2 hr. 12 min.

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  • Love has become a tired movie theme, but rarely is it relegated to a subplot as it is in Broadcast News. That's just one of the reasons that makes James Brooks' ingenious film a different sort of movie. Another is how it subtly reveals the complex mingling of work lives and love lives, showing how they feed each other and, indeed, feed off each other, careers devouring entire relationships in hungry 30-second sound bites. [10 Jan 1988, p.17] show more

  • The dialogue in "Broadcast News" is so quick and clever I wanted to see the movie again the minute it ended because I knew I couldn't have possibly caught it all. I caught most of it though, and certainly enough to know that this is one terrific movie. [15 Dec 1987, p.1] show more

  • Broadcast News has a lot of interesting things to say about television. But the thing it does best is look into a certain kind of personality and a certain kind of relationship. show more

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Shelf Life: Broadcast News

Posted by
Todd Gilchrist on January 18, 2011

Although almost no one saw it, James L. Brooks released a film in December. Its name was 'How Do You Know,' and it disappeared after just a week or two without a trace, save for the news that cam...

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