Network

Network

DVD - 2010
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A satirical look at the politics and power struggles of television executives as a network news anchorman turns the tables on the "ratings."
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [c2010]
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780780665842
0780665848
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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firefly5
Oct 11, 2018

Did not watch this movie.

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1tarheel
May 22, 2018

Pacing and dialog from the mid-'70s (ugh), but, ultimately, well worth it for the spectacular critique of "America stuck in a slump." Hmm...why does that sound so familiar...? Lots of insight into where we've come from, too. Given that it won 3 acting Oscars (1 of 2 films ever to do so), it obviously struck a chord with Americans in 1976. If you can get through the first half hour, you're golden.

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richibi
Apr 17, 2018

this movie doesn't come alive until the second half, when Beatrice Straight, rivetingly, shows up to condemn William Holden for his unfaithfulness to her, and then when Ned Beatty delivers a succinct, and definitive, description of the way the corporate world works today, dire and prophetic back in 1976 - otherwise Faye Dunaway overacts outrageously, the others are, at least, effective, the script has its inspiring ups and its risible downs

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messala2
Nov 01, 2017

Anyone thinking this film is 40 years too old obviously voted for Trump.

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booksmile
Apr 07, 2017

I would give the first hour of the movie (leading up to that amazing iconic "I won't take it anymore" speech) 5 stars, but the second half of the movie is more like 1 star and too long and could be skipped entirely!

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Maoisdead
Jan 23, 2017

Scathing critique of television news ( and media in general )- still relevant.

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TwilightBlue
Oct 14, 2016

Network, which is satire of the television industry, is seriously weighed down by age (it's now 40 years old) and its heavily pompous dialogue.

Despite raising up a few interesting points and questions - The script lacks coherence and a strong framework. Some of the storyline seems completely pointless and love affair between Max and Diana doesn't seem to fit in at all with the rest of the plot.

The actors are disappointingly shallow, vapid and excessive in their character portrayals. And the bland and somewhat slow direction emphasizes the overall dullness of this movie.

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obadiah11
Aug 22, 2016

omg! this movie is so terrific. the acting is brilliant with an incredible script. must see or you will atone

Works on many levels which work today to explain the shallow levels mainstream media still lives by.

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MontMoroc
Jul 12, 2015

This is a great movie. The story is wonderful, the script brilliant, the acting is stunning, the satire cutting and hilarious, and the message serious and profound. " Network " shows how capitalism works in the realm of culture, how the culture industry works to debase public standards and corrupt public morals. Superior to the interesting " Nightcrawler " which deals with similar themes- but not in as much depth as " Network ". Worth watching.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Dramatic intensity may be frightening for some viewers. Overall, there is nothing exceptionally frightening in the film.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Coarse Language: The f-word is used somewhat excessively and fairly casually. There are also some milder cusses.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Sexual Content: A brief sex scene is shown between two characters; the scene is fairly non-explicit, but there is a brief yet intense orgasm conveyed during chatter about television ratings. Sex-related dialogue is used on and off throughout the film, as well.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Other: Characters smoke and drink alcohol from time to time, usually at work parties and events.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Violence: There are gunshots. Blood and bullet wounds are shown. (Despite this display, violence in this film is minimal.)

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laustcawz Sep 17, 2013

Actually, it's "I'm as mad as hell & I'm not going to take this anymore!"

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Marcell_Murray
Jul 19, 2013

"Drive me to the middle of the George Washington Bridge!!"

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Power-hungry TV execs use a deranged former news anchor to improve their ratings through sensationalism as he rants live on-air.

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phyllis49
Mar 18, 2012

Winner of 4 Academy Awards 1976 .
Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall. .

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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