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Newscaster Howard Beale has a message for those who package reports of cute puppies, movie premieres and fender benders as hard news: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore." Sidney Lumet directs Paddy Chayefsky's satire (an Academy Award-winning screenplay) about the things people do for love...and ratings. Three performers won Oscars. Faye Dunaway is the TV exec guarding ratings like a tigress protecting cubs. Best Actor Peter Finch is Beale, whose airwave rants become a phenomenon. And William Holden, Robert Duvall and Best Supporting Actress Beatrice Straight add to the fierce vitality. Network later grabbed another lofty rating as an American Institute Top-100 American Films selection.


Studio Warner
SKU 202118650
UPC 012569692428
UPC 14 00012569692428
Format DVD
Release Date 2/28/2006
Rating Rating
Big Business
Black Comedy
Essential Cinema
Social Issues
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note With stunning prescience, Sidney Lumet's searing satire of television and the contemporary moment chronicles media corruption and the way that the public buys into the myths the media creates. The moral and spiritual turpitude delivered by the debilitating forces of television are rendered in sharp relief against a backdrop of crumbling humanity in what is regarded as one of the great satires in Hollywood history. With a visceral script from Paddy Chayefsky, NETWORK follows the doomed path of aging newsman Howard Beale (Peter Finch), who, upon learning that he is to be fired after decades as a news anchor, announces to millions of viewers that he will publicly commit suicide during his last broadcast. When the ratings consequently shoot up, hungry executive-in-training Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) seizes the moment to exploit Beale's Messianic nervous breakdown, turning his rage into the vehicle for the network's first Number One show and a nationwide craze. Who could have predicted that this 1976 film might someday influence an even more contagious trend in television broadcasting: the reality show?
Plot Summary
Summary Sidney Lumet's NETWORK takes a close look at the lengths to which television stations will go to improve their ratings--pulling publicity stunts, playing up news team dramas, and constantly scheming behind the scenes.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it and stick your head out and yell, 'I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!'"--Howard Beale (Peter Finch)
Quote "You're messing with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale!"--Arthur Jensen (Ned Beatty) to Howard Beale
Total Film "...A vicious, exaggerated satire which aims for barbed black humour over belly laughs....[With a] sharp screenplay..." 09/01/2000 p.110
Premiere "Finch won a posthumous Oscar for his all-over-the-map portrayal of Beale." 04/01/2004 p.62
Rolling Stone 4 stars out of 4 -- "If movies can tell the future, then this 1976 harbinger about a major network's calculated and deranged ratings grab is right on time." 03/09/2006 p97
Empire "NETWORK is the perfect meeting of director and screenplay....Lumet and Chayefsky's real achievement is the subtle escalation of the drama..." 10/01/2008 p.177
Entertainment Weekly "Craven TV execs like Faye Dunaway's may have seemed harmlessly cartoonish then, but now they feel like a dangerous prophecy come true." -- Grade: A 02/25/2011
Sidney Lumet
Faye Dunaway
William Holden
Peter Finch
Cast & Crew
Arthur Burghardt - Actor
Bill Burrows - Actor
Elliot Lawrence - Musical Score
Faye Dunaway - Actor
Howard Gottfried - Producer
Ned Beatty - Actor
Owen Roizman - Cinematographer
Paddy Chayefsky - Writer
Peter Finch - Actor
Robert Duvall - Actor
Sidney Lumet - Director
Wesley Addy - Actor
William Holden - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1976
Catalog ID 66924
UPC 00012569692428
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 121 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Winner (1978) British Academy Awards, Peter Finch, Best Actor
Winner (1977) Golden Globe, Sidney Lumet, Best Director-Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Peter Finch, Best Motion Picture Actor-Drama,Golden Globe, Paddy Chavefsky, Best Screenplay-Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Faye Dunaway, Best Motion Picture Actress-Drama,Oscar, Peter Finch, Best Actor,Oscar, Faye Dunaway, Best Actress,Oscar, Beatrice Straight, Best Supporting Actress,Oscar, Paddy Chayefsky, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen
Nominee (1977) Oscar, William Holden, Best Actor,Oscar, Owen Roizman, Best Cinematography,Oscar, Sidney Lumet, Best Director,Oscar, Ned Beatty, Best Supporting Actor,Oscar, Alan Helm, Best Film Editing
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review ...outrageous satire on television looks less and less like fantasy as the years pass... Entire cast explodes, particularly Dunaway as ruthless programmer, Holden as conscientious newsman, Duvall as shark-like v.p. , and Beatty as evangelistical board chairman. Well-deserved Oscars went to Finch (posthumously), Dunaway, Straight, and Chayefsky.
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital Stereo, Documentary, Commentary, Theatrical Trailer, Featurette, English, Spanish, French Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Dunaway,Faye
Label Warner Home Video
Video Format DVD
James Berardinelli's ReelViews Network is brilliant...the stellar...
Roger Ebert's Video Companion A supremely well-acted, intelligent film.

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