Network (1976) Movie Summary
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).
Network Film Synopsis
When veteran anchorman Howard Beale is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ratings.
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One of the best movies everIt's on sundance now and I just remembered I don't own it! Problem solved!.Score: 5/5
Great!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..Score: 5/5
THE TRUTH SHALL BE KNOWNIf you have ever wondered how tv works. Just any bit of curiousity you have as to why certain things happen. Any questions at all. I can assure you they will be answered just by watching this classic movie..Score: 5/5
This movie is a must for those informed soulsI saw this film as a young child in the early eighties, and it made a strong impression. I never forgot it's words and meaning. Now back then I didn't have a full grasp of its message but it enlightened me to the ways of the world. It is a movie that still holds up today. Please this truly is a must watch take sometime in your life and watch this and let it sink in you will be freed by it if you open up your mind to its core message. Thank you.Score: 5/5
Plane rideLooking for that movie to watch on a long coast to coast flight. This is the one. A classic, relevant to today , a great cast and story line. It's 2 hours long so it will fill a good part of that long trip. Enjoy!.Score: 5/5
Beyond excellent.When I first heard of this movie it sounded pretty good, after watching I came to the conclusion that it was everything I was told and a lot more I can't recommend this highly enough..Score: 5/5
NetworkIn most ways, Network's satire is much more relevant today; as in milking something until it's practically dead and and needs to be disposed of. Smartly written and cleverly acted, I only have one grievance with this film: at least everyone has a chance to yell at someone else at some point—even the minor characters! Nonetheless, still a great movie..Score: 5/5
Depravity Knows No BoundsBefore the advent of Reality TV, there was Network. The main review above had it right when it described this film as "still relevant." Shows how out of control the sick insanity of human beings can become when competition is fierce. Depicts how very aware the execs of our "serious" news sources are about being, first and foremost, an entertainment medium. As with any older movie, the acting can seem a little dated, but Dunaway and Duvall really shine, and Holden is solid as always- and these were the non-Oscar winners. Styles and decor made for great reminiscing for those of us who were around in the 70's. A worthwhile two hours..Score: 4/5
Oh yeah…… I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore! I saw this when I was kid, in the theatre and I continue to speak of this film to this day. I'm so glad to see it here on iTunes. This film, no matter how old you are, raises your level of awareness. It's good to know that you can think objectively and see the world for what it is, rather than be duped into believing what its not..Score: 5/5
R.I.P. Peter FinchHe was as mad as he--, and he couldn't take it anymore!.Score: 5/5
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An acerbic historical documentationThis movie doesn't come alive until the second half, when Beatrice Straight, rivetingly, shows up to condemn William Holden for his unfaithfulness to her, and then when Ned Beatty delivers a succinct, and definitive, description of the way the corporate world works today, dire and prophetic back in 1976 - otherwise Faye Dunaway overacts outrageously, the others are, at least, effective, the script has its inspiring ups and its risible downs.Score: 4/5
20 dollars to muchThis is a great movie and I would recommend renting it but to charge 20 dollars to own is insane. Thanks for yet again trying to rip us off..Score: 5/5
This is surreal.It's an nwo warning 15 years in advance. It's NOT a new idea. But seeing this is a great idea. All the world really is staged..Score: 5/5
A sharp commentary on television apart from an unnecessary adultery plotAs another reviewer has mentioned, this movie is rather surreal and terrifying in its extremely cynical, but accurate depiction of corporate television. Although not a revolutionary film in that it does not offer true alternatives to corporate fascism, it does get the point across that power in the world is not held by nations, but rather by corporations. The biggest flaw however in this film is its totally gratuitous adultery plot with two of the main characters..Score: 4/5
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