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Broadcast News [DVD] [1988]

4.3 out of 5 stars 18 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001B3YOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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One of the best films of 1987. The three leads are superb and it doesn't feel dated to me. Although Terms of Endearment & As Good as it Gets won all the Oscars, its Broadcast News that gets my vote for James L Brooks finest movie. This review is of the standard dvd and the picture quality is not bad in my opinion.
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This excellent movie has a great cast, a really well delivered story, some great 'lines' and some life lessons.
I LOVE IT and much as I saw it years and years ago still quote bits of it.
Enjoy - it is really worth your time.
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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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By JG on 21 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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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Format: Blu-ray
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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