• Network (1976)

Network

Release Date: 1976

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 1998

R |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

In this lauded satire, veteran news anchorman Howard Beale (Peter Finch) discovers that he's being put out to pasture, and he's none too happy about it. After threatening to shoot himself on live television, instead he launches into an angry televised rant, which turns out to be a huge ratings boost for the UBS network. This stunt allows ambitious producer Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) to develop even more outrageous programming, a concept that she takes to unsettling extremes.

Cast: Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, William Holden, Robert Duvall, Beatrice Straight, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, Arthur Burghardt

Director: Sidney Lumet

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: United Artists, Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Keywords: Transformation , Emotional , 1970s , Witty , New York City ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    So the movie's flawed. So it leaves us with loose ends and questions. That finally doesn't bother me, because what it does accomplish is done so well, is seen so sharply, is presented so unforgivingly, that Network will outlive a lot of tidier movies. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Whatever its flaws, Network is a picture that can stand on its own. And does. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    It's a dark, dark comedy that ruthlessly skewers the news industry on a stake, then roasts it alive. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Directing
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen - Based on Factual Material or on Story Material Not Previoulsy Published or Produced)
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1978)
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Actress in a Leading Role