Broadcast News

Broadcast News

DVD - 2010
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"This caustic inside look at the Washington news media, stars Holly Hunter in her breakout role, as a feisty television producer torn between an ambitious yet dim anchorman (William Hurt) and her closest confidant, a cynical veteran reporter (Albert Brooks). James L. Brooks' witty, gently prophetic entertainment is a captivating transmission from an era in which ideas on love and media were rapidly changing." -- Back of container.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2010.
Edition: Director-approved two-DVD special ed.
ISBN: 9786313941940
6313941942
Branch Call Number: DVD BROA NEW
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (132 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (16 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)

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Franln Jul 09, 2017

Holly Hunter is fantastic and this is a good movie. It's pretty funny to see the fashion from the 1980s. How did we ever think those clothes were cool?

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maipenrai
Dec 15, 2016

EXCELLENT FILM AND ACTING. FOUR PAWS UP FROM ABBY TABBY AND KRISTI

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Nursebob
May 07, 2016

The right combination of biting comedy and honest drama allows Brooks to make a quasi-cynical statement regarding journalism in the age of infotainment without resorting to sarcasm or cliché. He presents an industry where stories of human suffering are gussied up for optimum viewer impact (and commercial breaks), emotions are often rehearsed, and personality trumps substance—yet his three stars (who all received Oscar nominations for their trouble) stumble ever onward convinced that it is all somehow worth it. A fully fleshed, slightly bitter, anti-romance co-starring Joan Cusack as a whacked-out girl Friday and Jack Nicholson in a surprise cameo as the network’s star anchorman whose slightest frown reverberates throughout the newsroom like a heavenly edict.

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pl8
Jul 11, 2015

Obviously there's a lot more angles involved in what's wrong with mainstream media, but the insinuation (scandalous in 1987, was it Brokow? Jennings?) that news casters were good looking dumb bells is just hilarious and says a lot about all of us. Its a great little comedy in the tradition of Billy Wilder, with three wonderfully written and acted leads. Very underrated. Favorite quote: "It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you're the smartest person in the room." "No, it's awful."

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

This lame mix of diluted Woody Allen and mainstream rom-com is one of the most confounding additions to the Collection. Sure, William Hurt is a stud and Albert Brooks is funny. That ain't enough.

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SCL_WorldLanguages
Jan 02, 2013

Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly.

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GailRoger
Jan 26, 2010

I love the writing and I adore Holly Hunter in this. One of the few films that admits that women actually wear pantyhose instead of topless stockings.

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