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In the 1970s, terrorist violence is the stuff of networks’ nightly news programming and the corporate structure of the UBS Television Network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging UBS news anchor, has lost his once strong ratings share and so the network fires him. Beale reacts in an unexpected way. We then see how this affects the fortunes of Beale, his coworkers (Max Schumacher and Diana Christensen), and the network. Written by Bruce Janson

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Plot Keywords:

media | television | television network | satire | ranting | See All (170) »

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In 1968, Paddy Chayefsky worked on a pilot script for a possible television comedy series called “The Imposters”, in which political subversives infiltrate and try to undermine a television network. See more »

Goofs

Just after Beale announces his intention to commit suicide on the air, we see a row of TV screens showing how the story is being covered by the other channels. Playing a news anchor, John Gabriel claims that “something happened at one of our sister networks…” It should have been referred to as a “competitive” network – a “sister” implies the same corporate ownership, something prohibited by the FCC in 1976. See more »

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Narrator: This story is about Howard Beale, who was the news anchorman on UBS TV. In his time, Howard Beale had been a mandarin of television, the grand old man of news, with a HUT rating of 16 and a 28 audience share. In 1969, however, his fortunes began to decline. He fell to a 22 share. The following year, his wife died, and he was left a childless widower with an 8 rating and a 12 share. He became morose and isolated, began to drink heavily, and on September 22, 1975, he was fired, …
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References The Bionic Woman (1976) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 1976 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

CFTO-TV Studios, Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$23,689,877

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,690,757

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »

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Runtime:

121 min

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1

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