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In James L. Brooks' quirky, romantic comedy, three ambitious workaholics are set loose in a network TV newsroom where their professional and personal lives become hopelessly cross-wired. Tom (William Hurt) is the modern anchorman, smooth, handsome and a bit dumb. Jane (Holly Hunter) is his driven, brilliant producer, determined to turn Tom into a real newsman. And Aaron (Albert Brooks) is a seasoned, totally uncharismatic reporter who can't stand Tom's instant success on-camera or with Jane. It all adds up to one explosively funny romantic triangle.
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It has its own tone, its own universe and we recognize that same universe within our own parameters. Broadcast News does not boast any innovativeness in camerawork or editing but the editing choices in each scene are inspired and each scene holds its weight and none are wasted; not one frame, they all belong in this masterful film! This is an outstanding accomplishment and reveals so much in a minimal and simple way.
The acting ensemble is nearly flawless with Holly Hunter remaining fresh (with a dash of paranoid/OCD) and William Hurt being, well, William Hurt, but the teaming of Albert Brooks with directing by James Brooks (no relation), is heaven-sent. Audiences having the pleasure of seeing such work are lucky for sure.
If one does not think the media world is being truly portrayed then just view "Shattered" or recount the NBC debacle of replacing Jay Leno with Conan O'Brian and later Jimmy Fallon. It should be no surprise that the grey flannel suit types are very fallible.
The story is great, the acting flawless as noted above, the directing 1st rate and the production values as cool as it gets (just watching Joan Cusack negotiate the news room at break-neck speed is worth the price of admission alone).
I make it a point to re-watch "Broadcast News" from time to time to revel in a chuckle here and there as a reminder that there are gemlike movies being made from time-to-time that should remain center stage in our lives.
The film is a pinnacle in Brooks' career - he never did anything better, before or since, and all his experience in the tacky world of sitcom television really pays off here - and he successfully avoids making a pastiche of Chayefsky's cynically brilliant NETOWRK in favor of his own perceptive humanist view. Brooks rightfully and continually praises his marvelous BROADCAST NEWS cast; it's a picture dependent on their perfectly pitched performances.
Play any minute of this movie, seriously, pick any minute, and you will be amazed. You will not be disappointed. In fact, you will be simply amazed.
There are about 20 minutes of deleted scenes. All decent but it's understandable why they were left out. Nice piece on Brooks and the inspiration for the Jane character.
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