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.

OTHER ANGLE:

SHOWING Jane's FATHER standing near the door.

JANE:

(voice over)

...am starting to get jealous.

I read in the newspapers about

the Italian strike and riots in

Milan. I hope you weren't...

FATHER:

(softly)

Honey?...

Jane SCREAMS, and grabs her heart, breathing heavily, babbles

nervously at her Dad.

JANE:

Oh God -- Daddy -- don't...don't...

don't ever scare me like that --

please.

We SUPER:
"FUTURE NETWORK NEWS PRODUCER"

Her father is himself taken aback with the shock of her reaction.

Falling back towards the door:

FATHER:

Jane -- For God's sake...

(recovering)

Look, it's time for you to go

to sleep.

JANE:

I just have two more pen pals and

then I'm done.

FATHER:

You don't have to finish tonight.

JANE:

(he doesn't get in)

Nooo. This way the rotation stays

the same.

FATHER:

Finish quickly. I don't want you

getting obsessive about these

things. Good night.

We REMAIN WITH Jane who has obviously become disconcerted and

troubled.

INT. HOUSE - NIGHT

As Jane moves to room at the other end of the hall -- a family

room where her Father reads the latest Rolling Stone of the

mid-60's -- Hunter Thompson, the New Journalism, the slim

Jann Wenner -- Jane bursts into the room.

JANE:

Dad, you want me to choose my words

so carefully and then you just throw

a word like 'obsessive' at me. Now,

unless I'm wrong and...

(enunciating)

...please correct me if I am, 'obsession'

is practically a psychiatric term...

concerning people who don't have anything

else but the object of their obsession --

who can't stop and do anything else. Well,

Here I am stopping to tell you this. Okay?

So would you please try and be a little

more precise instead of calling a person

something like 'obsessive.'

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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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