Broadcast News (Bilingual)
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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As romantically light and comedic as this movie appears, there's a ton of truth and concern not only to the integrity of journalism, but how human nature can ultimately be affected... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Johnny Rocker
I had not seen this in years and it holds up very well. Still one of the best movies about TV news and the folk who deliver it, though not quite in the same league as Sidney... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Trim Vis 44
For an old film, it really stood up - with a terrific performance by Holly Hunter. Well worth a second look.Published 20 months ago by Grahame Woods
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 morePublished on June 22 2004 by J. McAndrew
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 morePublished on March 13 2004 by Joe Lee
''It must be nice to always think you're the smartest person in the room,'' she replies, ''No, it's awful'' .... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by guillermoj
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 morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by Aaron
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 morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by C. Middleton