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4.2
6,977 Ratings

Network

Directed by Sidney Lumet
United States, 1976
Drama

Synopsis

When a veteran anchorman is forced out of his post, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ratings.

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Network Directed by Sidney Lumet

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1977 | 4 wins including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1977 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

Hosts like Alex Jones and Bill O’Reilly and others have been highly effective at capturing the same ratings magic pilloried in Network. And in O’Reilly’s case, at least, his own offscreen behavior — and the profit-driven corporate model — finally took him down. Where Jones will end up is an open question. But if Network was trying to be cautionary satire that steered us away from the dangers of conflating informing the public with entertaining it, it failed. Today, it just looks like prophecy.
April 22, 2017
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Of course Chayefsky’s characters don’t talk like “real” people; they talk the way that Chayefsky wished they could talk, replete with virtuosic articulations of their inner philosophy. And of course the brilliant performances of William Holden, Faye Dunaway, and especially Peter Finch vividly bring those words to life.
September 14, 2012
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