- Original title
- Running time
- 121 min.
- United States
Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Beatrice Straight, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, Arthur Burghardt, Bill Burrows, John Carpenter, Jordan Charney, Kathy Cronkite, Ed Crowley, Jerome Dempsey, Conchata Ferrell, Gene Gross, Darryl HickmanSee 7 More
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), United Artists
Drama | Satire. Journalism. Television
- 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).
- Rankings Position
: 4 Academy Awards: inc. Best Actor (Finch) and Actress (Dunaway). 10 Nom.
: 4 Golden Globes: Director, Actor (Finch), Actress (Dunaway), Screenplay. 5 Nom.
: BAFTA Awards: Best Actor (Finch). 9 nominations, including Best Film
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay. 4 Nominations
: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Film, Director & Screenplay
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
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