Video Release: January 25, 2011
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: Criterion Collection
- Runtime: 132 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
James Brooks directs William Hurt, Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks in this satirical comedy about three ambitious newscasters.
Tom Grunick, a rising anchorman, has plenty of on-camera savvy, personality and good looks but little in the way of brains. He may be dumb as a doornail but Tom's got the star presence his network needs. Then there's Aaron Altman, a less than good-looking newsman, who's dedicated, diligent and down-to-earth. Aaron would love to be an anchor but he freezes up the moment he's in front of the camera. Spunky, smart news producer Jane Craig is excellent at her job but has difficulty handling the pressure. Can these workaholics mask their personal quirks long enough to jump-start their professional lives?
A handsome if hollow anchorman, a sexy, overachieving producer and a stolid, camera-shy reporter make for a chaotic lovers triangle in this smart and sensitive comedy about misplaced love. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Actor--William Hurt, Best Actress--Holly Hunter, Best Supporting Actor--Albert Brooks, Best (Original) Screenplay.
Additional cast members include: peter Hackes, Christian Clemenson, Robert Katims and Ed Wheeler.
James L. Brooks, who began his own career in a television newsroom, got the idea for "Broadcast News" when a journalist invited him to the 1984 Democratic Convention. Plunged into the world of network news, he developed friendships with a dozen TV correspondents, ultimately creating characters based on their lives and personalities.