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on 29 October 2016
I first discovered this film whilst watching the excellent Tony Benn: Will And Testament [DVD] which included an excerpt from the film which inspired me to purchase it.

This is one of the best scripted films I have ever seen, it's very enlightening about the world in which we live and is hilarious at times. The film was awarded four Academy Awards including best actress for Faye Dunaway who delivers a superb performance.

If you enjoy subversive films such as They Live [DVD] and Brazil [1985] [DVD] you will love Network! This is one of those films I will definitely watch again and again.
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on 27 June 2012
I can't quite believe that this film is over 30 years old. It could have been made today as an accurate satire of modern society and the corporatocracy we live in. Sadly it seems the world the film foreshadowed didn't stop it becoming a rather too close to home reality. The films script has rightly won many awards as it contains many powerful messages and memorable quotes delivered by an excellent cast. The scene with Ned Beatty's corporate CEO 'Arthur Jensen' explaining to 'Howard Beale' how the world really works is a real stand out. Quote; "You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today".
Whatever the power of the corporate state in the mid 70's, and the influence of corporate media propaganda on the passively consuming masses, we can now multiply many times in modern day society. That's what makes this film even more pertinent today.
A society driven by profit is a world lacking in love, as portrayed in the film by Faye Dunaway's character, and with a disregard for the sanctity of life, as represented by the films end.
A clever, funny, sad, entertaining and timeless classic.
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on 13 January 2017
This review applies only to DVD (ASIN:B000087I2F). The picture/sound quality is superb, with an average bitrate of 7908kbps - that's at least 50% higher than most films of this length.

The UK version is rated 15, so you do lose some scenes from the US R rated version, but you won't have seen those scenes here in the UK.

I've always loved this movie and it stands the test of time. It confirms our expectation that networks will do anything for ratings. Is it satire or truth?
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on 25 April 2013
Someone said it was too moralistic And dated, but to me it's One of lumet top movies And no, it's not got old at all. It's not just perfecty done, scrited And acted, but it gives you an apocalyptic view of The world as it was in The 70s And was going to be (even worse than that) in The Following decades. Now we have internet, maybe The problems are slightly different, but This is going to stay not just in The history of cinema And 20th century, but it still is And will still be a prophetic And powerful mirror of our society And our world
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on 1 June 2012
A stellar cast of actors and exceptional screenplay makes Network (1976) one of the best social critiques made about television news media and a multiple-watch film. The detail in the acting is amazing and it's a story well told.

The acting in the film (the winner of four academy awards) is superb.

The plot comes to a conclusion that is quite absurd but because the characters are so believable the film makes the audience feel like the conclusion was logical.

They don't make films this good like this anymore. This film is sensational.
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on 24 January 2018
Sums up perfectly the news media #Fakenews and how it works. Some great lines included.
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on 13 April 2017
Absolutely brilliant, and just as relevant today as when it was made
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on 8 March 2018
An important film with great scenes that still resonate today
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on 27 March 2018
A wonderful performance by Peter Finch.
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on 28 April 2018
not bad
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