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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 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A well-acted romantic comedy March 13 2004
By Joe Lee
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 Grenick. This is much to the chagrin of Albert Brooks's character Aaron Altman, a hard-working reporter who is best friends with Jane; he also is in love with her himself.
The backdrop 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 cut-throat environment are still exactly the same. There are some very funny moments, including Brooks's hilarious attempt to anchor the weekend newscast. Ultimately, network cutbacks send Aaron, Jane and Tom their separate ways. There's a brief epilogue which takes place seven years later, when Tom is now the prime-time network news anchor. It's bittersweet, as both he and Aaron are married and Jane is involved with a new beau; the three of them are together for a moment, and there are still feelings from both men toward Jane (and vice-versa, to a degree).
The three stars give very strong performances in this film, and the network news background is on the money. Robert Prosky (who starred in "Hill Street Blues" at the time) does a good job with his bit part as the executive producer, although Jack Nicholson was miscast as network anchor--it's a bit part, so I'm not sure why a major star like Nicholson was chosen, and although he's a remarkable actor, it just doesn't work. On the whole, a very good film...between four and five stars. The DVD looks good and sounds fine, although there are no extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and incisive. One of 1987's very best. Feb. 15 2004
''It must be nice to always think you're the smartest person in the room,'' she replies, ''No, it's awful'' .... The matter of fact reply to the accusation is of the reasons why I love this movie so much. I initially saw it when it came out in 1987, and although the technology and wardrobe look dated, the film's core may be even more relevant today than it was when initially released and continues to play beautifully due to strong performances and a funny yet unusually incisive script.
Right at the center of the movie are 3 characters: Jane (Holly Hunter), a news writer-producer for the Washington bureau of a TV network. She is smart and is the "go to" person at the network as she works best under pressure and the character who responded to the remark about being the smartest person in a room. Her very best (and possibly only) friend is Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), a bright, aggressive reporter, who along with Jane, have either true or self-created illusions great looks and intelligence can't coexist. Like Jane, Aaron is also very good at his job, but he wants to be on camera. During a speech that she is giving on the road, Jane meets Tom (William Hurt), an ex-sportscaster who has little education and doesn't know much about current events. But he has been hired for the Washington bureau because he looks good and has a natural relationship with the camera, and isn't that what matters?
Although billed as a romantic comedy, which it is in part, the movie does a brilliant job of how many of us use work to measure who we are and at times use it an excuse to hide from life outside of that myopic perspective.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Reminiscant of my own career in broadcasting.
Published 19 days ago by Shaun Courtney
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 5 months ago by Grahame Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent drama by a master of invention..
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars A good blend of comedy, drama and romance
If you watch television at all, you have almost certainly seen something that James L. Brooks was involved in. Read more
Published on April 9 2012 by Steven Aldersley
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 22 2004 by J. McAndrew
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 6 2003 by Amanda Hepler
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