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Writer/director/producer James L. Brooks scores on all counts with this clear-eyed look at the television news business and the dysfunctional types who work in it. Brooks' intelligent script introduces us to Jane Craig (Holly Hunter), an ambitious producer at the network news division's Washington D.C. branch, who is calm under fire yet has a good cry at her desk every morning over her empty personal life. Jane works well with Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), an excellent reporter who lacks the visual charisma to make him a star. Into their lives comes Tom Grunick (William Hurt), a regional newscaster who admits he can't write news and doesn't understand many of the events he's covering, but has the presence and physical appeal that the increasingly entertainment-oriented network wants for its news programs. Jane is also physically attracted to him, which drives her crazy, because Grunick stands for everything she's fighting against in the news business, while Altman is devastated by her attraction because he secretly yearns for Jane. As Grunick becomes a rising star at the network, and layoffs of the old guard loom, the three leads deal with their feelings for each other, their careers, and their values. Hunter, Hurt, and Brooks are all superb, as is the excellent supporting cast (including an unbilled turn by Jack Nicholson as the network's smarmy national anchor). Brooks' script is funny, poignant, gritty, and brutally honest in its examinations of the television industry and the ways in which professionals interact on and off the job.~ Don Kaye, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Robert Prasky, Albert Brooks
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 7 minutes
Starring Robert Prasky, Albert Brooks, William Hurt, Holly Hunter
Director James L. Brooks
Genres Drama
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 19 April 2004
Main languages English

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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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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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It's a supposedly great rom com slash media satire but I feel it has dated and now a bit of a period piece. The love triangle is interesting but reminiscent of many others. Brooks is always fab and so is Holly Hunter. Hurt does what he does best - a kind of Walken-esque vacuity.
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I have had the region 1 DVD of this for years prior to that 20th Cent Fox VHS. Its one of my favourite films. The perfect three way love triangle of William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks make for comedy gold. I love the way this film unfolds into more than just a romantic comedy. It shows US network news going through a tough time and the road to its demise. It was one of the most successful films of 1987 and rightly so. the criterion bluray is the best version I have ever seen. With the wonderful outtake of the scene in the tazi and other deleted scenes which I didn't even knew existed the great behind the scenes footage of James L Brooks directing Hurt and Hunter.

Its great, easily stands up there with many modern romcoms.
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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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Holly Hunter is smart as a whip but not smart enough to rise above her instinct.

Albert Brooks is smart but not smart enough to reprogram Hunter's hard-wiring.

William Hurt is smart enough to be charismatic and telegenic.

Broadcast News may be an allegory of the Reagan years: Look good, have good back-drops, and read the script -- let the policy wonks do the heavy lifting. Well.. there's different kinds of smarts.

Whoever said "politics is show business for ugly people" didn't have the right actors.
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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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