Synopsis: In the 1970s, terrorist violence is the stuff of networks' nightly news programming and the corporate structure of the UBS Television Network is changing. Meanwhile, Howard Beale, the aging UBS news anchor, has lost his once strong ratings share and so the network fires him. Beale reacts in an unexpected way. We then see how this affects the fortunes of Beale, his coworkers (Max Schumacher and Diana Christensen), and the network.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: MGM/United Artists
  Won 4 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 25 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

So, what did she say?

I'm gonna blow my brains out

right on this program, a week from today.

Ten seconds to commercial.

So tune in next Tuesday.

That should give the public-relations people

a week to promote the show.

We ought to get a hell of a rating

out of that. A 50 share, easy.

Take Tellison.


-Uh, did you hear that?

-What was that about?

Howard just said he was going

to blow his brains out next Tuesday.

What are you talking about?

-Didn't you hear him? He just said--

-What's wrong now?

Howard just said he was going

to kill himself next Tuesday.

What do you mean, "Howard just said

he was going to kill himself next Tuesday"?

He was supposed to do a tag

on Ron Nessen--

He said, "Tune in next Tuesday.

I'm gonna shoot myself."

What the hell's going on?

He said he

was going to blow his brains out.

What the f*ck's going on, Howard?

They wanna know

what the f*ck's going on.

-I can't hear you.

-Turn the studio mike on.

-We're back on in 11 seconds.

Ten seconds.

Howard, what are you doing?

-Have you flipped?

-I think we better get him off.

-Get him off.

-What's the matter with you?

-Get your fucking hands off.

-Turn the sound off. He's going out live!

We're in a lot of fucking trouble

down here.

-This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen.

That's my head.

Go to standby. You dumb schmuck!

Lou, can't we clear out

that downstairs lobby?

-There must be a hundred people.


Every TV station and wire service

in the city. I could barely get in.

-Arthur, anything litigable?

-Not so far.

How many spots were wiped out?

-Frank just walked in.

We had to abort. What could we do?

He's talking to Wheeler.

Over 900 phone calls...

-...complaining about foul language.


Come on, Mickey,

what page are you putting it on?

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Paddy Chayefsky

Sidney Aaron "Paddy" Chayefsky was an American playwright, screenwriter and novelist. He is the only person to have won three solo Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. more…

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