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Format: DVD
Sku: 202118650
UPC: 012569692428
UPC 14: 00012569692428
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Still Mad As Hell After 30 Years
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.

"Network is brilliant...the stellar...  James Berardinelli's ReelViews
"A supremely well-acted, intelligent film.  Roger Ebert's Video Companion

Editor's 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?


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital Stereo, Documentary, Commentary, Theatrical Trailer, Featurette, English, Spanish, French Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/28/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 121 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1976
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 66924
Video UPC UPC: 00012569692428
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Arthur Burghardt
Video Cast Info Bill Burrows
Video Cast Info Faye Dunaway
Video Cast Info Ned Beatty
Video Cast Info Peter Finch
Video Cast Info Robert Duvall
Video Cast Info Wesley Addy
Video Cast Info William Holden
Video Cast Info Elliot Lawrence - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Howard Gottfried - Producer
Video Cast Info Owen Roizman - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Paddy Chayefsky - Writer
Video Cast Info Sidney Lumet - Director
Plot 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.


Winner (1978)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Peter Finch, Best Actor

Winner (1977)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Sidney Lumet, Best Director-Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Peter Finch, Best Motion Picture Actor-Drama
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Paddy Chavefsky, Best Screenplay-Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Faye Dunaway, Best Motion Picture Actress-Drama
   Video Award Name Oscar, Peter Finch, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Oscar, Faye Dunaway, Best Actress
   Video Award Name Oscar, Beatrice Straight, Best Supporting Actress
   Video Award Name Oscar, Paddy Chayefsky, Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen

Nominee (1977)
   Video Award Name Oscar, William Holden, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Oscar, Owen Roizman, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Oscar, Sidney Lumet, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Ned Beatty, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Oscar, Alan Helm, Best Film Editing

Memorable Quotes

"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)

"You're messing with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale!"----Arthur Jensen (Ned Beatty) to Howard Beale

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"...A vicious, exaggerated satire which aims for barbed black humour over belly laughs....[With a] sharp screenplay..." 09/01/2000 p.110

"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

"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

Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 10 of 10
...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.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Dunaway,Faye
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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