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A savage satire written by Paddy Chayefsky, looking at the powers behind television programming. Even more compelling and relevant today than when it was first released, 'Network' is a wickedly funny, spot-on indictment of the TV news media. Winner of four Academy Awards it pulses with vitality and a provocative excitement that is forever rare. Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall star in this searing portrait of television exploitation. When longtime news anchor Howard Beale (Finch) is fired, he suffers a violent, on-air breakdown. But when his sagging ratings are rapidly found boosted by his angry rantings, he's subsequently rehired and reinvented as the "mad prophet of the airwaves" Of course, when the "prophet" ceases to be profitable, something has to be done about Beale, preferably on camera, before a live studio audience...

Year: 1976
Genre: Alice's 300 Greatest Films, Drama, Paul's Favourites, Best of the 1970s, Spiritual Cinema, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die), Paddy Chayefsky
Country: USA
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty
Duration: 116 Minutes
Rating: R18
8.1/10
Location in store: Alice's 300 Greatest Films

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