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Broadcast News (1987)

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Take two rival television reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one Producer, female. Mix well, and watch the sparks fly.

Director:

James L. Brooks

Writer:

James L. Brooks
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Tom Grunick
Albert Brooks ... Aaron Altman
Holly Hunter ... Jane Craig
Robert Prosky ... Ernie Merriman
Lois Chiles ... Jennifer Mack
Joan Cusack ... Blair Litton (as Joan Cusak)
Peter Hackes ... Paul Moore
Christian Clemenson ... Bobby
Jack Nicholson ... Bill Rorish
Robert Katims Robert Katims ... Martin Klein
Ed Wheeler ... George Weln
Stephen Mendillo ... Gerald Grunick
Kimber Shoop ... Young Tom
Dwayne Markee Dwayne Markee ... Young Aaron
Gennie James ... Young Jane
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Storyline

Basket-case network news producer Jane Craig falls for new reporter Tom Grunnick, a pretty boy who represents the trend towards entertainment news she despises. Aaron Altman, a talented but plain correspondent, carries an unrequited torch for Jane. Sparks fly between the three as the network prepares for big changes, and both the news and Jane must decide between style and substance. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's the story of their lives.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French | German

Release Date:

25 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Network News See more »

Filming Locations:

Clifton, Virginia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$197,542, 20 December 1987

Gross USA:

$51,249,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,331,309
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom tells Jane about a problem with the "Allen Fighting Vehicle." It's based on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Originally intended to be a transport with offensive capability, so many features were added that it became completely untenable. Adding heavier armor and greater armaments required a sturdier build, which required a more powerful engine and greater fuel capacity, which meant it could carry fewer soldiers. The added weight made it sink in marshy ground. Tests showed to to be little more than a portable soldier incinerator. In the end, the design had to be reworked, leading to $5 billion in cost overruns. The story was dramatized in The Pentagon Wars (1998). See more »

Goofs

Although it's not made clear, among the last scenes of the movie is Tom on a mobile lounge, which takes on passengers at the terminal and then lowers to travel. Tom's lounge moves away from the camera without first lowering. These mobile lounges, once a notable feature at Dulles International Airport (IAD) in northern Virginia, were also used at other airports, in this case at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) in Maryland. See more »

Quotes

Aaron Altman: [at the television] A lot of alliteration from anxious anchors placed in powerful posts!
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Crazy Credits

The suggested new News theme presented in the movie, including the "big finish!". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Wag the Dog (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Edition Speciale
Written by Francis Cabrel
Performed by Francis Cabrel
Courtesy of Editions 31 (Paris)
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Did Walter Cronkite act like this?
23 April 2000 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

Excellent movie about a big media firm and the goings on both on and off camera. Covering several years, the film centers on 3 upwardly mobile, young hopefuls, all striving for their place within the corporation. Well written dialogue, flawless acting, and a riveting story made for 2 hours of solid entertainment.


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