Broadcast News

 (669)7.22 h 12 min1987X-RayR
HD. The frantic world of network television news is viewed from the perspective of three ambitious colleagues in this Oscar(R)-nominated film.
Directors
James L. Brooks
Starring
William HurtAlbert BrooksHolly Hunter
Genres
ComedyDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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James A. Brooks
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The Walt Disney Studios
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.5 out of 5 stars

669 global ratings

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Mary S. EdwardsReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you're wondering if you should watch this again, the answer is yes
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I watched this again at the beginning of the COVID lockdown and was blown away. The writing in this movie is so sharp and funny and touching. It's everything. Albert Brooks is just incredible, I love him in this. Such a force and sad sack at the same time. Holly Hunter is perfection. The important topics of this movie are timely too - it's right when TV news started going from straight news to the cluster or pundits we have today. Very telling. But the serious topic can go ignored, it's a great work movie, romance, smart comedy on live and chick flick -- all in one. SO GOOD. An all-time fave.
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JJReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, revealing and enjoyable!
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Having been in Broadcasting for 25 years and later teaching Electronic Journalism I can say this movie really does “Tell it like it is.” The airheads, the anal retentives, the on air “sweaters”, the aloof executives. — yep, they’re in there. Also, don’t forget panicky Production Assistant too.
All in all, this was a revealing, humorous insight into BROADCAST NEWS.
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PetrosReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The News Today!
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There are very few films with such a unique and emotional depth with its characters. They are so real, they are so conflicted and you feel it in every single scene. There is a consistency in their torment, their search for truth, sincerity, integrity and happiness. Also their weaknesses are so human and exposed because of the magnificent script. This film boasts one of the greatest action scenes ever and one of the most suspenseful scenes in film. The writing in Broadcast News illuminates the ideals and values of modern people dealing with modern events in the world of news broadcasting and in their personal lives.

It has its own tone, its own universe and we recognize that same universe within our own parameters. Broadcast News does not boast any innovativeness in camerawork or editing but the editing choices in each scene are inspired and each scene holds its weight and none are wasted; not one frame, they all belong in this masterful film! This is an outstanding accomplishment and reveals so much in a minimal and simple way.
11 people found this helpful
lanieluReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is the warning we did not heed.
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I'm so happy this was finally made available for streaming. One of the best movies ever made. Relevant to our times and for this new generation who does not remember news without bias. Should be mandatory viewing for​ every high school student.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Just can't get past it
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The fact that a well-established and professional producer could not see beyond the infatuation she had. I see a lot of other reviewers mentioning how news has certainly changed today compared to 30 years ago and I definitely agree...it's true.

I liked the move the first time I saw it 30 something years ago, but today I think the movie brings home a lot of good points about broadcast news in the past 10-15 years - it's all "drama" and not news. I just have problems that the relationship aspects of the move is so "high school".

OMG (I know, that's a 'new' term) but OMG I saw a picture of Richard Nixon in the movie. How odd is that?

...btw, I love Nixon :)
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Dr. F. SistiReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Chuckle Here And A Chuckle There!
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As you watch this film in 2014 (and beyond), it is difficult to not see the relevance across the current media dimension even though the hairdos and clothes may still be very 80ish.

The acting ensemble is nearly flawless with Holly Hunter remaining fresh (with a dash of paranoid/OCD) and William Hurt being, well, William Hurt, but the teaming of Albert Brooks with directing by James Brooks (no relation), is heaven-sent. Audiences having the pleasure of seeing such work are lucky for sure.

If one does not think the media world is being truly portrayed then just view "Shattered" or recount the NBC debacle of replacing Jay Leno with Conan O'Brian and later Jimmy Fallon. It should be no surprise that the grey flannel suit types are very fallible.

The story is great, the acting flawless as noted above, the directing 1st rate and the production values as cool as it gets (just watching Joan Cusack negotiate the news room at break-neck speed is worth the price of admission alone).

I make it a point to re-watch "Broadcast News" from time to time to revel in a chuckle here and there as a reminder that there are gemlike movies being made from time-to-time that should remain center stage in our lives.
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HateClutterReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waited two hours for a contrived and forced ending.
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Waited two hours for a contrived and forced ending. I think they were trying so hard not to be a typical romantic comedy, that they contrived all sorts of scenes were characters range from being too self-righteous to the cliche of the handsome person with no substance. You can't have it both ways. You can't try to be a different kind of rom-com but then end up perpetuating stereotypes or cliche characters. Have no idea why others rate this movie highly.
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Red HarringReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Some classic scenes, but not a "classic"
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Like many of James L. Brooks' films, "Broadcast News," suffers from rambling storytelling that shifts tones on a whim. There are many moments in the films where it seems like the actors have no idea what they're saying or why. It's a messy movie, not aided by the fact that William Hurt is miscast as the "idiot." He's clearly a cerebral guy and he just can't hide it, no matter how hard he tries. There are some classic scenes in this film (i.e. Albert Brooks sweating on camera), but the entire film feels messy and desperately in need of an editor... Not sure why this was up for so many Oscars; maybe that's why it's been called a "classic," but unfortunately it doesn't really hold up.
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