Broadcast News script
Synopsis: Intelligent satire of American television news. A highly strung news producer finds herself strangely attracted to a vapid anchorman even through she loathes everything he personifies. To make matters worse, her best friend, a talented but not particularly telegenic news reporter, is secretly in love with her.

YOUTH #1

Later, Aaron.

EXT. SCHOOL YARD - DAY

Clusters of graduates at the fence bordering the sunken school

yard looking down as the tough cap and gowners seen earlier

cuff Aaron around.

CLOSER IN:

Aaron feeling from a blow -- his lip bleeding -- his teeth

covered with blood...as he gets to his feet. He is livid --

something primal triggered by this brutality.

AARON:

Go ahead, Stephen -- take your

last licks.

(points at his

face)

But this will heal -- what I'm

going to say to you will scar you

forever. Ready? Here it is.

He dodges as they come after him. They catch him by the hair

and hurl him to the ground. As he gets up he hurls his

devastating verbal blow.

AARON:

You'll never make more than

nineteen thousand dollars a year.

Ha ha ha.

They twist his arm and grip him -- his face scraped on the

concrete.

AARON:

Okay, take this:
You'll never

leave South Boston and I'm going

to see the whole damn world. You'll

never know the pleasure of writing

a graceful sentence or having an

original thought. Think about it.

He's punched in the stomach and sinks to the ground. As the

Young Toughs walk off Aaron catches a phrase of their

conversation.

YOUTH TOUGH:

Nineteen thousand dollars...

Not bad.

FADE IN:

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - 1968

INT. SUBURBAN HOME - NIGHT

JANE CRAIG, ten years old, is in her room typing. Above the

desk where she works is a bulletin board with letters and

pictures tacked to each one. Her desk has several file racks

which contain bulging but neat stacks of air mail envelopes --

a roll of stamps in a dispenser is to one side. Jane types

very well in the glare of her desk lamp.

JANE:

(voice over; as

she types)

Dear Felatzia, it's truly amazing

to me that we live a world apart

and yet have the same favorite music.

I loved the picture you sent and

have it up on my bulletin board.

You're growing so much faster than

I am that I...

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James L. Brooks

James Lawrence "Jim" Brooks is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Growing up in North Bergen, New Jersey, Brooks endured a fractured family life and passed the time by reading and writing. more…

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