Film Review: Broadcast News (1987)

To start off, let’s watch Siskel & Ebert‘s review and overview of the film:

Cast your minds, (if you can) all the way to last Monday; on BBC 1 they were showing this film Broadcast News. I’d never heard of it, I don’t think it’s that famous. Granted it was before my time.

The crazy thing is that so much work and so much money must have gone into the making of this movie, and by now it’s got the late night, unadvertised slot on a British television station. I felt like I was viewing a lost treasure, despite the fact that there was probably a couple of million others watching it at the same time as me.

So what have I got to say about the film that is of even a slightest interest to you? Well watch this clip that I’ve spent ages tracking down and is a Blewog EXCLUSIVE! (Note, the reason this clip is not on YouTube is because ‘Fox Films’ kept making copyright claims against me and taking the video down, I had to go to extreme measures,)

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Funny!

People in the film that are famous:

Interestingly, three members of the film’s cast have been involved in leading roles of Pixar animations:

Albert Brooks

is

Marlin, Finding Nemo

Marlin, 'Finding Nemo'

Joan Cusack off of the 80's

Joan Cusack off of the 80's

is

Jessie, 'Toy Story 2'

Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter

is

Elastigirl, 'The Incredibles'

Other cast members of note are William Hurt who is apparently turning up in the next series of awesome law Drama ‘Damages’.

"I'm so hot it HURTS"

Oh, and a small supporting role from none other than:

Heres Johnny!

"Here's Johnny!"

The film revolves around three characters (Hunter, Brooks, Hurt) who work in television news.

Other than Anchorman, this is the only film I’ve seen that deals with this area, and unlike The Legend of John Burgundy the film is not a spoof as such, but more, an accurate tribute to the way in which news is reported in America.

The questions the film asks are important ones, if you’re a news reader is it enough to just be good at reading the news and looking good? Or should a newscaster have to know exactly what he is talking about and have the intellectual capacity. This is basically what the film’s two leading males are battling over. William Hurt looks good and sounds good, but he doesn’t know that much. Whereas Albert Brooks is at times a nervous wreck, but he knows his stuff.

I think the UK’s answer comes from this man:

Looks Good, Sounds Good, Feels Good.

Looks Good, Sounds Good, Feels Good.

Apparently the events depicted in the movie closely parallel and satirize the 1984 downsizing that occurred at CBS News. Interestingly, longtime CBS Evening News producer Susan Zirinsky was a technical adviser on the film.

This is a film that I recommend fully. It receives the Blewog Stamp of Approval.

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