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Broadcast News (Bilingual)

William Hurt , Holly Hunter    DVD
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Even if the Criterion edition of Broadcast News didn't contain an assortment of supporting materials, it would be welcome just for the definitive transfer of a movie that hadn't been served well by previous DVD editions. But the supporting materials don't hurt, especially the commentary track from writer-director James L. Brooks and editor Richard Marks--which is mostly taken up with stories told by the enthusiastic Brooks. A 36-minute featurette about Brooks's career is curiously incomplete; it gathers collaborators such as Julie Kavner and Marilu Henner to talk about their boss, but mostly relies on critic Ken Tucker to describe Brooks's work from TV to film (with entire movies--namely I'll Do Anything and Spanglish--left out). An alternate ending to Broadcast News, included here, gives a hint of what might have been, although you'll be glad Brooks stuck with his release version--and there's a choice anecdote about an attempt to surprise Holly Hunter during the sequence, which was a re-shoot taken well after the main filming had ended. A series of deleted scenes includes a good-sized subplot that details how William Hurt's character got the scoops that brought him to attention (the commentary by Brooks on these scenes is more valuable than the scenes themselves). A 17-minute profile of Susan Zirinsky, the journalist who worked closely with Brooks, gives hints about where some of the details about Hunter's character came from, including her oddly youthful costuming. Now we know. --Robert Horton

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4.0 out of 5 stars A true, intelligent romantic comedy April 10 2003
Apart from sporting the most powerful newsroom dynamics since His Girl Friday, this film is a lasting account of the delicate balance between intelligence, power, and sexual attraction, and that manages to gently skewer the news industry at the same time.
It is a simple yet intelligent romantic comedy, held up by crisp witty dialogue and topnotch performances by Holly Hunter and William Hurt both at the top of their game. Albert Brooks was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a TV reporter who wants to be an anchor (even Jack Nicholson and John Cusack in little know roles turn in a surprise guest performance).
One could speculate that this movie didn't walk away with any statuettes depite being nominated in several Oscar categories -- and this is my main gripe with the movie -- because the very interesting build-up did not really culminate into a very satisfying ending. Sort of leaves me wanting for something more everytime.
Nevertless, the bustle of the entire movie is definitely worth a ride, if only due to its convincing examination of the atavistic social obsession with physical appearance and its ultimate triumph over intellect as a valued human attribute (personified by the meteoric career success of William Hurt's character in contrast to Brookes relative decline). I have seen this movie about 11 times now, and I can still take it -- that is saying something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent drama by a master of invention.. July 23 2013
As i look over this writer producer directors resume..i see that i have been one of his biggest fans as I've seen almost all his tv work and films. As i watched these shows over the year including the MTM show, Rhoda and so many shows and i actually read thje credits just to see if i recognise a name whoose writing i may like. Is there are a person who embodies comedy and drama..here the drama is apparent and who understands relationships better than james l brooks and i recall his earlier work the much heralded Starting Over was there a christmas scene in that piece a master on putting in scenes..whoose done much work..and knows how to keep things fresh and moving..at 132 minutes..it never drags..so im a fan of his work so yoiu shouldnt take this review too seriously. Here hes in the world of drama..you can aompare it to Network..or FRont Page? The medium is the message here the visual arts as compared to the printed page and it takes in different aspects of a persons world..changes his brain and focus a person who reads a paper..live sin a different world..was there a show by that name..then one who like today gets his news off the tv..visually so that if he doesnt read he responds to visual cues..his brain becomes visual..more and more of his brain..so he puts that type of character..and a better male interested in opening up relationships and finding love..like heads and tails on a coin..and in anewsroom which is a global village of sorts..romance with date rape...and who does this piece...and a woman whom at first starts out strong she eventually loses her male lover..her love goes off to NEW york..and the male whi is a source of physical arousal..like when she loses her love the opposite..loses its force in her life.. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good blend of comedy, drama and romance April 9 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
If you watch television at all, you have almost certainly seen something that James L. Brooks was involved in. He was a writer on Taxi, Lou Grant, Rhoda and the Mary Tyler Moore show and continues to contribute to The Simpsons. His first film, Terms of Endearment, took home five Oscars, with Brooks being credited for three of them.

Broadcast News is a blend of comedy, drama and romance. When I first watched it over 20 years ago, I was disappointed. I didn't think it was interesting, funny or moving in any way. It's strange how our tastes can change over the years. I think I appreciate the film now because I know more about life and can relate to some of the events.

Two brief scenes at the start of the film introduce us to the characters of Tom and Jane. We learn that Tom doesn't mind being beaten up at school because he knows he will have a better career than any of the bullies he has to deal with. Jane shows us a glimpse of her character as she chastises her father for his imprecise use of words.

The story continues with the adult Jane (Hunter) giving a speech about news coverage. She's dismayed at how the networks dumb-down information to appease the audience. When she demonstrates her point with a mindless news article, her audience is more responsive than at any other point in her speech.The only person who admires her presentation is Tom (Hurt) and she asks him to dinner. He presents the news, but reveals that he knows very little about the stories he talks about. Despite that, his employers love what he does and pay him large sums of money.

Jane is obsessed with her job as a producer and can't respect people who are bad at their job. Any chance of romance is ended when she speaks her mind to Tom. She repels men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broadcast News - In Review April 26 2004
Amidst the hustle and bustle of a demanding newsroom a love triangle builds right in your living from this witty, romantic, comedy Broadcast News. Holly Hunter who plays a network news producer falls between pretty-boy anchorman William Hurt and Albert Brooks, who provides contrast as the gifted reporter. Director James L. Brooks brings this romantic comedy to life through the busy Washington D.C. pressroom.
With a glimpse into each of the characters' childhood the film brings us thirty years later to a Washington News Network that brings together are three amusing characters. Jane (Holly Hunter), swiftly finds herself attracted to the new anchorman, Tom (William Hurt) hired for his good looks and camera poise. Long time friend of Jane, Aaron (Albert Brooks) reveals his true feelings in the midst of Jane and Tom's relationship to create a tangled triangle. Cutbacks and an unrevealed lie send the trio in their separate ways to be reunited seven years later.
Holly Hunter is Jane Craig, a lovable, high-strung, control-freak news producer, who falls for a dim-witted, handsome and on the rise anchor William Hurt, who plays Tom Grenick. No role was more fitting then Aaron Altman performed by Albert Brooks, Brooks's made a hard working and witty veteran reporter complete with his brilliant performance. Pulling the film together with supporting roles was Lois Chiles, Joan Cusack, and Robert Provosky, not to mention a trivial role as senior anchorman played by Jack Nicholson.
The setting is the high-stakes world of network television news, and although the technology has changed since the mid 1980's when this was made, the politics and the cutthroat environment are still exactly the same. The soundtrack is mainly dialogue driven lacking any memorable hits.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Broadcast News On Top Of Story
For an old film, it really stood up - with a terrific performance by Holly Hunter. Well worth a second look.
Published 1 month ago by Grahame Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny!!
Being in the news business myself, I found this movie to be very funny. Some of the characters were actually characatures of some of the ego-driven, compulsive people I have met... Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by J. McAndrew
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-acted romantic comedy
Holly Hunter is adorable as Jane Craig, a super-hyper, control-freak news producer, and she falls for empty-headed, handsome and up-and-coming anchor William Hurt, who plays Tom... Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by Joe Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and incisive. One of 1987's very best.
''It must be nice to always think you're the smartest person in the room,'' she replies, ''No, it's awful'' .... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by guillermoj
3.0 out of 5 stars Boomers
I can't see watching this movie more than once every few years at the most. The three main characters here (Hunter, Hurt, Brooks) are why I won't be reaching for my checkbook real... Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004 by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Real news verses entertainment...
The media as purveyors of sensational 'news' in the spirit of good 'salesmanship' and entertainment as opposed to actually reporting unbiased, important events and issues to inform... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by C. Middleton
5.0 out of 5 stars "I say it here, it comes out there."
This is easily one of the wittiest and most entertaining movies I have ever seen. All the elements of fine filmmaking are here: great acting, great dialogue, and great direction. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2004 by D. Knouse
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I should say that I really enjoyed the movie. This is a kind of movie that you will enjoy watching with your girlfriend. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars "I can sing while I read! I am singing and reading both!"
What can I say about this film that hasn't already been said? I've seen it countless times, and I still love it. Read more
Published on June 7 2003 by Amanda Hepler
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