"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" When Howard Beale (Peter Finch), a veteran news anchor with slipping ratings, is informed that he is being let go, he launches into a rant on live television, ultimately proclaiming his intention to commit suicide live on his next broadcast. The network's executives cynically decide to keep Beale on and exploit the ratings boost following his rant. Sidney Lumet's prescient examination of the modern news media depicts a cruel, ratings-hungry world, in which populism is exploited for profit. A touchstone film of the 1970s, NETWORK earned 10 Oscar® nominations, including acting wins for Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight, and for Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay. DIR Sidney Lumet; SCR Paddy Chayefsky; PROD Howard Gottfried. U.S., 1976, color, 121 min. RATED R
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