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.
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Paddy Chayefsky
Production: MGM/United Artists
Released: 27 Nov 1976
Awards: Won 4 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 26 nominations.
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I don't have to tell you things are bad
You're never going to get any truth from...
Is that clear
Then get out
You need me
I'm as mad as hell
I'm Diana Christensen
This was the story of Howard Beale
There is a whole
Edward George Ruddy died today
At the bottom of all of our terrified...
I'm the man that you presumably love
I just ran out of bullshit
I feel lousy about the pain that I've...
I sent you all a concept analysis report...
Here we are
Since this show is the only thing I had...
This story is about Howard Beale
And pretended to be happy
It's straight tabloid
I'm taking you off the air
Do you love her
The Arabs have decided to jack up the...
We'll tell you anything you want to hear
Television is not the truth
Hackett's trying to get through to you
We could make a series of it
The time has come to re evaluate our...
All I know is that this violates every...
The affiliates won't carry it
I started as a salesman
Jensen is unhappy with Howard Beale and...
How are you now
Did you see the news this morning
What do you think
He has no loves
We're talking about 30 to 50 million...
He'll have a 50 share
After living with you for the last six...
I'm gonna blow my brains out right on...
The way I see the series is
What's really bugging me now is my...
NBC's offering 2
You're beginning to believe the...
Maybe they'll take movies of themselves...
She does have one script in which I kill...
I'm gonna impale the son of a bitch with...
What the fuck are you talking about
Also a very depressing one
Where's that put us
Tell Hackett to go fuck himself
I'll want to see Mr
We're talking about putting a manifest...
What do we do about this Beale son of a...
Did you see the overnight's on the...
Some of them counsel their clients by...
Even the News has to have a little...
Do you have a favorite restaurant
What about your loves
We are in a lot of trouble
You fuckin' fascist
Jensen's handpicked golden boy
Let's stop kidding ourselves
The initial response to the new Howard...
By mid October
The Mao Tse Tung Hour went on the air...
The business of management is management
There's a hell of a lot of Liberation...
This Beale business
What we're going to see now is something...
The business of management is ...
I told them
I think Hackett's overstepped himself
I'm going to let Hackett have his head...
The Ecumenical Liberation Army is an...
That The Mao Tse Tung Hour is turning...
We're standing on the first amendment
No booze today
You would describe Mr
Diana Christensen - Faye Dunaway
Max Schumacher - William Holden
Howard Beale - Peter Finch
Frank Hackett - Robert Duvall
Nelson Chaney - Wesley Addy
Arthur Jensen - Ned Beatty
Great Ahmed Kahn - Arthur Burghardt
TV Director - Bill Burrows
George Bosch - John Carpenter
Harry Hunter - Jordan Charney
Mary Ann Gifford - Kathy Cronkite
Joe Donnelly - Ed Crowley
Walter C. Amundsen - Jerome Dempsey
Barbara Schlesinger - Conchata Ferrell
Milton K. Steinman - Gene Gross
Jack Snowden - Stanley Grover
Caroline Schumacher - Cindy Grover
Bill Herron - Darryl Hickman
Arthur Zangwill - Mitchell Jason
TV Stage Manager - Paul Jenkins
Merrill Grant - Ken Kercheval
Associate Producer - Kenneth Kimmins
TV Production Assistant - Lynn Klugman
Max's Secretary - Carolyn Krigbaum
Audio Man - Zane Lasky
Tommy Pellegrino - Michael Lipton
Willie Stein - Michael Lombard
Herb Thackeray - Pirie MacDonald
TV Associate Director - Russ Petranto
Lou - Bernard Pollock
Sam Haywood - Roy Poole
Edward George Ruddy - William Prince
Helen Miggs - Sasha von Scherler
Robert McDonough - Lane Smith
Giannini (as Theodore Sorel) - Ted Sorel
Louise Schumacher - Beatrice Straight
Mosaic Figure - Fred Stuthman
TV Technical Director - Cameron Thomas
Laureen Hobbs - Marlene Warfield
Hunter's Secretary - Lydia Wilen
Narrator - Lee Richardson
Self (archive footage) - John Chancellor
Self (archive footage) - Walter Cronkite
Agent - Andrew Duncan
Reporter - Todd Everett
Self (archive footage) - Betty Ford
Self (archive footage) - Gerald Ford
TV Anchor Reporting Beale's Suicide Threat - John Gabriel
Announcer - Tom Gibney
Network Lawyer at Khan's Place - Lance Henriksen
Window Person - Raymond Martino
Self (archive footage) - Howard K. Smith
Self (archive footage) - David Susskind
Man at Desk - Michael Tucker
Self (archive footage) - Ahmed Yamani