Broadcast News (1987)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
William Hurt Tom Grunick
Albert Brooks Aaron Altman
Holly Hunter Jane Craig
Robert Prosky Ernie Merriman
Lois Chiles Jennifer Mack
Joan Cusack Blair Litton
Jack Nicholson Bill Rorich, Anchorman
Peter Hackes Paul Moore
Christian Clemenson Bobby
Robert Katims Martin Klein
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director James L. Brooks
Producer James L. Brooks; Penney Finkelman Cox
Writer James L. Brooks
Studio 20th Century Fox
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 12 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Writer/director/producer James L. Brooks scores on all counts with this clear-eyed look at the television news business and the dysfunctional types who work in it. Brooks' intelligent script introduces us to Jane Craig ( Holly Hunter ), an ambitious producer at the network news division's Washington D.C. branch, who is calm under fire yet has a good cry at her desk every morning over her empty personal life. Jane works well with Aaron Altman ( Albert Brooks ), an excellent reporter who lacks the visual charisma to make him a star. Into their lives comes Tom Grunick ( William Hurt ), a regional newscaster who admits he can't write news and doesn't understand many of the events he's covering, but has the presence and physical appeal that the increasingly entertainment-oriented network wants for its news programs. Jane is also physically attracted to him, which drives her crazy, because Grunick stands for everything she's fighting against in the news business, while Altman is devastated by her attraction because he secretly yearns for Jane. As Grunick becomes a rising star at the network, and layoffs of the old guard loom, the three leads deal with their feelings for each other, their careers, and their values. Hunter, Hurt, and Brooks are all superb, as is the excellent supporting cast (including an unbilled turn by Jack Nicholson as the network's smarmy national anchor). Brooks' script is funny, poignant, gritty, and brutally honest in its examinations of the television industry and the ways in which professionals interact on and off the job. — Don Kaye
Personal Details
My Rating
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Index 33
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 7/23/03
Purchase Price $25.00
Store Fry's
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
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Folder 001
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Fullscreen (4:3, Letterboxed)
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 086162128936
Chapters 21
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Dolby Surround [English]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen