Genres: Drama

David Poland: Sidney Lumet

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When network news anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) loses his mind on the air, his outrageous rants reach viewers at home, boost the ratings and intrigue cutthroat network executives Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall. William Holden contrasts their avarice as an old-school TV journalist hopelessly out of step in writer Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning masterpiece, which predicted today's rash of trash television and shock-laden news broadcasts.

Cast: William Holden, Bill Burrows, Roy Poole, William Prince, Lane Smith, Beatrice Straight, Arthur Burghardt, Conchata Ferrell, Ed Crowley, Lee Richardson, Jerome Dempsey, Jordan Charney, Ken Kercheval, Michael Lombard, Kenneth Kimmins, Russ Petranto, Ted Sorel, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Peter Finch, Darryl Hickman, Marlene Warfield

Director: Sidney Lumet

Release Year: 1976

Length: 121 minutes

Rating: R

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