Sometimes it feels like this film wants to be Citizen Kane, and after all was said and done, I admit I felt underwhelmed. The ending could have been better and the film could have benefited from more touches of style and auteurship. But as it is, this film blows Idiocracy, Thank You For Smoking, Sunset Boulevard, and Network out of the water.
Wonderful original screenplay by Budd Schulzberg and good performances by the leads. Good film that explores the power of the media on the same lines as Billy Wilder's "Ace in the Hole" made 6 years prior to this work. Only difference was the two films dealt with different media.
Severely underrated. This should have walked home with dozens of Oscars. Dozens I say! It didn't get nominated for any Oscars. Andy Griffith knocked it out of the park, as did Patricia Neal. Sometimes when you hold up a mirror to society it frightens people. Marlon Brando was nominated for that embarrassment called 'Sayonara'. Lana Turner was nominated for that soap opera 'Peyton Place'. What a world!
Insulting crap. We're supposed to look down on Lonesome Rhodes due to his contempt for his audience, because he thinks they're idiots, but Schulberg's script and Kazan's direction work so hard to unsubtly spell out every single meaning that I can't help but feel that they think we're idiots as well. Outstanding animalistic performance from Griffith though. He could have played Jekyll and Hyde.
Wow, wow, wow... Better than Network and Meet John Doe. Great masterpiece, especially first one hour and the final (unfortunately final is too long. Reminds me of Scarface and Sunset Blvd, of course LOTR: Return of the King style!). "Behind every successful man there's a woman". This is my third Patricia Neal movie and third is a masterpiece, again. She is gorgeous. I adore her. Black Mirror fans must see this movie.