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Newscaster Howard Beale has a message for those who package reports of cute puppies, movie premieres and fender benders as hard news: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Sidney Lumet directs Paddy Chayefsky’s satire (an Academy Award-winning* screenplay) about the things people do for love…and ratings. Three performers won Oscars. Best Actress Faye Dunaway is the TV exec guarding ratings like a tigress protecting cubs. Best Actor Peter Finch is Beale, whose airwave rants become a phenomenon. And William Holden, Robert Duvall and Best Supporting Actress Beatrice Straight add to the fierce vitality.
A disgruntled retiring employee turned a television "prophet" tells it like it is, sort of. The vulgarities make him appear "more real. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Reviewer
The greatest screenplay ever written in my opinion. Paddy Chayevsky's words still ring true 40 years later. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ronald S. Rose