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Network

1976 . Drama . 2h 2m

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About the movie

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When veteran anchorman Howard Beale is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ratings.

Rated:

R

Language:

English

Release:

01 Nov 1976

Original Title:

Network

Genres:

Drama

Length:

2h 2m

Produced By:

United Artists, Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Budget:

$3800000

Box Office Sales:

$23689877

Awards:

Won 4 Oscars. 20 wins & 26 nominations total

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Reviews

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Mads Dalgaard

3 months ago

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Glimrende historie, anderledes dilemma og gode skuespilpræstationer! Filmen er en satire over mediernes rasen, især i USA, og man må sige at filmen rammer nerven i en tidsånd der strækker sig helt til idag. Det der er populært idag er yt imorgen og straks kasseres det. Især synes jeg Faye Dunaway og William Holden gør det godt, men også Duvall og Finch leverer. En underholdende, psykologisk satire om mennesker, relationer og kampen for at få tingene til at give mening.

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George Hague image

8 months ago

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This film is a complete masterpiece. I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish. Everything about it; the exuberance, the satire, the plot, the acting. Everything about it is wonderful. I genuinely think that I might have to replace a spot in my top 5 films for this, it's just that good. For a film which won 4 academy awards and multiple more nominations, this film deserves all the praise it gets. There's a lot of general ideology and subjects in this film which are almost impossible to spot first time round. After just watching this now, i can say that it's likely I will watch it again to be able to have an educated discussion about it. The idea of corporate entity, money and views takes ultimate prominence in this film. I would say that the idea of this film probably relates more to today's climate, rather than back in 1976. The idea that people can become so obsessed and hooked on the money and fame you get from numbers is far ahead of its time and for a news show in 1976 is just phenomenal. The character of Arthur juxtaposes brilliantly with Howard. You have Arthur, a character become so obsessed with views and the false information that he fails to see the fact that what he is doing is completely immoral and disturbing. And then you have Howard. A character who is so fed up and hung over the idea of feeding false Information to the millions that it almost leads him to suicide. It comes to a point when Howard is told to stop speaking the truth and do what the network wants. But what people don't realise is that it's too late the audience are already immune to the false truth. As numbers decrease, the people in charge of the news take matters into their own hands. I won't spoil the film for people who haven't seen it. But go watch it its truly fascinating. There hasn't been a Sydney lumet film I have not loved yet, this easily takes the cake for me. Brilliant cinematography, composition and structure it's impossible not to have fun watching. Not to mention the set design which perfectly mirrors the time of the 70s. Everyone should watch this film. If you havent, go watch it. Now. Go watch it. And go to your window and scream "I AM AS MAD AS HELL. AND I AM NOT GONNA TAKE THIS ANYMORE!" go on, do it. Go do it now. Go watch the film. Go on. Now. Go watch it... Exellent. Captivating. Incredible - 10/10

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Dylan Watson

8 months ago

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Fantastic movie which is a true master of cinema. Peter Finch throughly deserved his Oscar along with all the other awards in which it won. So charismatic! What a performance. This movie is an extremely clever satire which is entertaining and has a shocking yet comical conclusion. Sidney Lumet might be one of the greatest directors of all time; all of his movies in which i’ve seen are all bangers! Definitely recommend this one, full of charismatic acting and comic satire. 8/10

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Angelo Clausner

8 months ago

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Prepare yourself for a perfectly outrageous motion picture! I’ll start this review off in a rather unconventionally preachful manner. Parents, children, journalists, reporters, writers, my fellow human beings, take note, hear me out, and heed my crucial remarks. I’m gonna tell it like it is, people. The true enemy of modern Man is, no matter how you look at it, undeniably the television media, in my opinion, and has been for many MANY years. The children of today and the children of tomorrow should be raised on the truth instead of on the fiction and lies that are often shown and told to them in the various forms of media they encounter, especially in the television media. You may not agree with me, but hear this: if they’re raised and live in a deceitful world shrouded in fiction, lies and corruption on political and social levels, their well-beings as well as those of the people that they choose to surround themselves with could pay costly prices, and may lead them into rather unsafe decisions made later in life. Sydney Lumet’s outrageous masterpiece movie Network (1976) drives that point home like a speeding bullet. He perfectly encapsulates the attitude and social landscape that existed in the late 70s, let alone the 70s in general. This is not to say, dear reader, that many of the lines and scenarios in the film don’t coincide with the social landscape and public moral and thoughts that Americans have today. They certainly do. In fact, I truly feel this movie should be shown by and to every U.S. History and Social Studies teacher in the nation at least once. It’s as if Lumet was predicting the future. And how nearly spot on he was. That, my friends, is the sign of a truly timeless movie. Invigorating, captivating, and utterly magnificent in every way are frankly the only ways I can describe this cinematic gem. Many of the scenes in this film are, in my view, the best written scenes in any American film before the Coen brothers came along. But who makes this film so great? Well, two of the main attractions of this film are the gorgeously rebellious Faye Dunaway and the sincerely ferocious William Holden who was, at the time of this film’s production, unfortunately at the end of his legendary career, but gives a superb performance. As does Peter Finch. Folks. The movie feels so minimalistic, yet is starkly real. One feels as if they’re in the middle of the fury of this film’s plot and storyline, rather than on the sidelines, watching the action at a glance. When I say this film screams “magnum opus,” it cries it out like a lion at the top of its register. Its frankly the best film of the 1970s and it’s a film that everybody, as stated previously, NEEDS to see, especially in today’s similarly deceitful and wrongly unruly world, regardless of who or what you are.

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Stephanie T image

8 months ago

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Excellent writing. “I’m mad as Hell & I’m not gonna take this anymore!!” An important movie!!

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