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A trenchant satire of "trash TV," Network seems to grow only more relevant with each passing year. Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the dean of newscasters at the United Broadcasting System, is put out to pasture because he "skews old." Network executive Max Schumacher (William Holden), Howard's best friend, is forced to deliver the bad news. Beale can't stomach the idea of losing his 25-year post as anchorman simply because of age, so in his next broadcast he announces to the viewers that he's going to commit suicide on his final program. Network head Frank Hackett (Robert Duvall) is all for kicking Beale out then and there, but when it looks as though the UBS is going to have its greatest ratings ever on the night of Beale's self-destruction, ambitious programming exec Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) talks Hackett into treating that fateful final telecast as a special event. Naturally, Beale doesn't go through with it -- but he does begin rambling about the horrible state of the world in general and television in particular. He concludes his tirade by admonishing his viewers to "Go to the window and shout as loud as you can: 'I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!'" With that, Howard Beale becomes the hottest TV personality in America, and Diana becomes the network's fair-haired girl.

Special Features


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* "The Making of Network": A six-part 30th-anniversary documentary -- Tune in to how a movie landmark caught media lightning, with sidebars on Paddy Chayefsky, getting mad as hell, and Walter Cronkite's reflections
* Vintage Paddy Chayefsky interview excerpt from Dinah!, hosted by Dinah Shore
* Commentary by director Sidney Lumet
* "Private Screenings with Sidney Lumet": Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne interviews the director
* Theatrical trailer

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Special Features: The Making of Network 6-Part Documentary: Tune in to How a Movie Landmark Caught Media Lightning, with Sidebars on Paddy Chayefsky, Getting Mad As Hell and Walter Cronkite’s Reflections Vintage Paddy Chayefsky Interview Excerpt from Dinah!, Hosted by Dinah Shore Commentary by Director Sidney Lumet Private Screenings with Sidney Lumet: Turner Classic Movies Host Robert Osborne Interviews the Director Theatrical Trailer

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