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Overview

Network

A trenchant satire of "trash TV," Network seems to grow only more relevant with each passing year. Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the dean of newscasters at the United Broadcasting System, is put out to pasture because he "skews old." Network executive Max Schumacher (William Holden), Howard's best friend, is forced to deliver the bad news. Beale can't stomach the idea of losing his 25-year post as anchorman simply because of age, so in his next broadcast he announces to the viewers that he's going to commit suicide on his final program. Network head Frank Hackett (Robert Duvall) is all for kicking Beale out then and there, but when it looks as though the UBS is going to have its greatest ratings ever on the night of Beale's self-destruction, ambitious programming exec Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) talks Hackett into treating that fateful final telecast as a special event. Naturally, Beale doesn't go through with it -- but he does begin rambling about the horrible state of the world in general and television in particular. He concludes his tirade by admonishing his viewers to "Go to the window and shout as loud as you can: 'I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!'" With that, Howard Beale becomes the hottest TV personality in America, and Diana becomes the network's fair-haired girl. She draws up plans to treat the nightly news broadcast as garish entertainment (complete with a psychic), all built around the rants of Beale, billed as "The Mad Prophet of the Airwaves." Max is disgusted at seeing his old friend turned into a freak; even so, he finds Diana fascinating and begins an affair with her. Eventually, Schumacher realizes that Diana is merely a ratings machine with legs and returns to his wife (Beatrice Straight). Meanwhile, the owner of the network (Ned Beatty), in his own way as loony as Beale, convinces the anchorman to begin preaching to the public a "You can't win, so why try?" philosophy. Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning screenplay, if at times over-the-top, seems amazingly prescient about the future direction of network TV. In addition to Chafeysky's award, Network won Oscars in three of four acting categories -- Dunaway for Best Actress, Peter Finch for Best Actor (in the only posthumous Oscar yet awarded), and Beatrice Straight for Best Supporting Actress, in one of the shortest-screen-time performances ever to win an Oscar.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/1998
UPC: 0027616672025
Original Release: 1976
Rating: R
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 2:01:00

Special Features

Never-before-available widescreen format; Trivia and production notes; "Hidden Menu Page" with history of the Neilsen Ratings System; Interactive quiz game; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Faye Dunaway Diana Christensen
William Holden Max Schumacher
Peter Finch Howard Beale
Robert Duvall Frank Hackett
Wesley Addy Nelson Chaney
Ned Beatty Arthur Jensen
Beatrice Straight Louise Schumacher
Arthur Burghardt Great Ahmed Kahn
Bill Burrows TV Director
Kathy Cronkite Mary Ann Gifford
Darryl Hickman Bill Herron
Roy Poole Sam Haywood
William Prince Edward George Ruddy
Marlene Warfield Laureen Hobbs
Lee Richardson Narrator
Bernie Pollack Lou
Theodore Sorel Giannini
John Carpenter George Bosch
Jordan Charney Harry Hunter
Ed Crowley Joe Donnelly
Jerome Dempsey Walter C. Amundsen
Conchata Ferrell Barbara Schlesinger
Gene Gross Milton K. Steinman
Stanley Grover Jack Snowden
Mitchell Jason Arthur Zangwill
Paul Jenkins TV Stage Manager
Ken Kercheval Merrill Grant
Ken Kimmins Associate Producer
Lynn Klugman TV Production Assistant
Michael Lipton Tommy Pellegrino
Michael Lombard Willie Stein
Pirie MacDonald Herb Thackeray
Russ Petranto TV Associate Director
Sasha von Scherler Helen Miggs
Lane Smith Robert McDonough
Fred Stuthman Mosaic Figure
Todd Everett Reporter (uncredited)
Lance Henriksen Lawyer (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Theoni V. Aldredge Costumes/Costume Designer
John Alese Makeup
Fred Caruso Associate Producer
Paddy Chayefsky Screenwriter
Howard Gottfried Producer
Lee C. Harman Makeup
Alan Heim Editor
Elliot Lawrence Score Composer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Schuler Camera Operator
Edward Stewart Set Decoration/Design
Juliet Taylor Casting
Richard Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo [2:11]
2. "The Death Hour" [1:20]
3. Main Title [2:29]
4. Beale's Announcement [6:53]
5. Diana's Mandate [3:12]
6. A New Order [1:43]
7. No More Bull [4:31]
8. Meeting The Press [2:27]
9. Diana's Pitch [5:07]
10. The Angry Prophet [3:53]
11. A Made Man [5:24]
12. First Date [2:13]
13. Beale Gets The Word [7:16]
14. A Hit! [4:29]
15. Mad As Hell [4:12]
16. L.A. Powwow [4:48]
17. Beale's Pulpit [4:42]
18. Board Meeting [1:16]
19. Getting Involved [3:09]
20. Weekend Getaway [3:16]
21. Max's Revelation [4:46]
22. The Negotiation [1:53]
23. Affiliates Meeting [2:13]
24. Taking On The Arabs [7:45]
25. Beale Visits Jenson [6:14]
26. A New Philosophy [3:22]
27. Primal Doubts [3:39]
28. New Talent [2:06]
29. The Breakup [5:31]
30. Beale's Fate Decided [4:55]
31. Final Cancellation [1:52]
32. End Titles [1:59]
Side #2 -- STANDARD
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo [2:28]
2. "The Death Hour" [1:20]
3. Main Title [2:29]
4. Beale's Announcement [6:53]
5. Diana's Mandate [3:12]
6. A New Order [1:43]
7. No More Bull [4:31]
8. Meeting The Press [2:27]
9. Diana's Pitch [5:07]
10. The Angry Prophet [3:53]
11. A Made Man [5:24]
12. First Date [2:13]
13. Beale Gets The Word [7:16]
14. A Hit! [4:29]
15. Mad As Hell [4:12]
16. L.A. Powwow [4:48]
17. Beale's Pulpit [4:42]
18. Board Meeting [1:16]
19. Getting Involved [3:09]
20. Weekend Getaway [3:16]
21. Max's Revelation [4:46]
22. The Negotiation [1:53]
23. Affiliates Meeting [2:13]
24. Taking On The Arabs [7:45]
25. Beale Visits Jenson [6:14]
26. A New Philosophy [3:22]
27. Primal Doubts [3:39]
28. New Talent [2:06]
29. The Breakup [5:31]
30. Beale's Fate Decided [4:55]
31. Final Cancellation [1:52]
32. End Titles [1:59]

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