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Network [1976] [VHS]

4.5 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews



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  • Actors: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 31 Mar. 2000
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CWC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,337 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Ageing television presenter Howard Beale (Peter Finch) is on the edge of a mental breakdown when he is fired. He decides to open his heart to his audience, breaking down live on TV. Incredibly, this boosts his ratings, and Beale is re-hired and given his own show on which he can scream and shout. The film won three Oscars, with Paddy Chayevsky winning an award for the Best Original Screenplay.

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Media madness reigns supreme in screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky's scathing satire about the uses and abuses of network television. But while Chayefsky's and director Sidney Lumet's take on television may seem quaint in the age of "reality TV" and Jerry Springer's talk-show fisticuffs, Network is every bit as potent now as it was when the film was released in 1976. And because Chayefsky was one of the greatest of all dramatists, his Oscar-winning script about the ratings frenzy at the cost of cultural integrity is a showcase for powerhouse acting by Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight (who each won Oscars), and Oscar nominee William Holden in one of his finest roles. Finch plays a veteran network anchorman who's been fired because of low ratings. His character's response is to announce he'll kill himself on live television two weeks hence. What follows, along with skyrocketing ratings, is the anchorman's descent into insanity, during which he fervently rages against the medium that made him a celebrity. Dunaway plays the frigid, ratings-obsessed producer who pursues success with cold-blooded zeal; Holden is the married executive who tries to thaw her out during his own seething midlife crisis. Through it all, Chayefsky (via Finch) urges the viewer to repeat the now-famous mantra "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" to reclaim our humanity from the medium that threatens to steal it away. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.


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