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Broadcast News [DVD] [1988]

William Hurt , Albert Brooks , James L. Brooks    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky, Lois Chiles
  • Directors: James L. Brooks
  • Writers: James L. Brooks
  • Producers: James L. Brooks, Kristi Zea, Penney Finkelman Cox, Polly Platt, Susan Zirinsky
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2004
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001B3YOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,823 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Holly Hunter plays a network news producer who, much to her chagrin, finds herself falling for pretty-boy anchorman William Hurt. He is all glamour without substance and represents a hated shift from hard news toward packaged "infotainment", which Hunter despises. Completing the triangle is Albert Brooks, who provides contrast as the gifted reporter with almost no presence on camera. He carries a torch for Hunter; she sees merely a friend. Written and directed by James L. Brooks, Broadcast News shows remarkable insight into the people who make television. On the surface the film is about that love triangle. If you look a little deeper, however, you will see that this behind-the-scenes comedy is a very revealing look at obsessive behaviour and the heightened emotions that accompany adrenaline addiction. It is for good reason this was nominated for seven Academy Awards (though it did not win any). There are scenes in this movie you cannot shake, such as Hunter's scheduled mini-breakdowns, or Brooks' furious "flop sweat" during his tryout as a national anchor. Watch for an uncredited Jack Nicholson as a senior newscaster. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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Personal and professional jealousy rears its head in this award-winning study of media back-biting. Top TV newsman Aaron (Albert Brooks) is hopelessly smitten with his producer, Jane (Holly Hunter), but when handsome smoothie Tom (William Hurt) joins the team, he wins the affections of both Jane and the station executives. Soon the newsroom becomes a battleground as Aaron fights for his job and his girl.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama with a heart and mind. 25 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is simply a fabulous film! Essentially this is a love triangle between three workers at a Washington news station, played by Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Albert Brooks. Without going into plot details, this film stands up to many repeat viewings due to the wonderful script and direction of James L. Brooks - a man who should make far more movies. The dialogue is clever, intelligent and witty, depicting fully rounded characters in very human dilemas. As well as tugging at the heartstrings this film also has some standout comic moments - Joan Cusack's mad dash with the video tape across the station springs immediately to mind. But what brings the entire thing together are career best performances from the main cast - particularly Hunter's, who has never been more funny and charming. At a bargin price buy this movie now! Or alternatively wait like me with baited breath for the region 2 DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The BLU RAY of 1987's "Broadcast News" is on a USA-ONLY Criterion issue (released Stateside 2011) and boasts a beautifully restored print and audio. But for UK and Euro fans of this criminally forgotten movie - that's where the good news ends.

Unfortunately this American BLU RAY is REGION-A LOCKED which means you will need a Multi-Region BLU RAY player to play it on - and very few of our machines are chipped to that - and those that are - cost quite a lot (unlike their multi-region DVD counterparts).

Once again it looks like we'll have to wait a little longer for another classic to come our way...
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5.0 out of 5 stars What, no fans? 24 Aug 2010
It's amazing that this has only two reviews. It is an excellent film, with strong characters and kicks against the grain. Naturally Holly is superb, but Brooks and Hurt(playing against type) also do well.

A searing indictment of the age, even more so now, of style over content. Don't call people obsessive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 21 April 2011
Super-intelligent, totally unpredictable, deeply charming. One of the greatest rom-coms and probably the best movie about TV news values. Plus it has a bunch of wonderful actors doing career-best work. There is nothing wrong with this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie 12 Oct 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Still as fresh today as it was was it first came out. Sexy, intelligent and a good, albeit now dated, look at the the media.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Newsroom prequel 15 Sep 2013
By LeBrit
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Insider view of American Newsroom - Greatly entertaining and a different role for the feisty, intelligent Ms Hunter and pretty near the truth of what goes on when news (truth) meets corporate sponsorship and ratings. William Hurt is excellent as the shallow anchor man and Brooks is mighty as the real talent behind all of them. It's not the greatest film ever made but hugely watchable, and anyone who has viewed the American TV programme The Newsroom and enjoys the intelligent bits, this is what it is presumably (?) based upon. I'll watch this again and probably again.
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