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Running time
121 min.
United States United States
Paddy Chayefsky
Elliot Lawrence
Owen Roizman
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MGM / United Artists
Drama | Satire. Journalism. Television
Synopsis / Plot
NETWORK follows the doomed path of aging newsman Howard Beale (Peter Finch), who upon learning that he is to be fired after decades as a news anchor announces to millions of viewers that he will publicly commit suicide during his last broadcast. When the ratings consequently shoot up, razor-sharp executive in training Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) seizes the moment to exploit Beales messianic nervous breakdown, turning his delusional exclamatory rage into the vehicle for the networks first number one show and a nationwide craze. Middle-aged and fading news department head Max Schumacher (William Holden) is the only thing that stands in Dianas way--and even then not for long after she casually seduces him and easily has him fired with the help of the savage new head of the network, Frank Hackett (Robert Duvall).
1976: 4 Academy Awards: inc. Best Actor (Finch) and Actress (Dunaway). 10 Nom.
1976: 4 Golden Globes: Director, Actor (Finch), Actress (Dunaway), Screenplay. 5 Nom.
1977: BAFTA Awards: Best Actor (Finch). 9 nominations, including Best Film
1976: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay. 4 Nominations
1976: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1976: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Drama Screenplay
1976: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actress (Faye Dunaway)
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