Network Poster

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

Ratings & Reviews

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

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

  • 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

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