Network (1976)


116 MIN


This film follows a devastating commentary on a world of ratings-driving commercial TV that is getting more on target every day. This film introduces us to Howard Beale, dean of newscasters at the United Broadcasting Systems (UBS). Having heard that he will soon be dumped by the UBS for ‘skewing too old’, Beal announces to his viewers that he will commit suicide on his next and final program. Eyeing ratings gold with this news, an ambitious programming executive convinces the powers that be not to fire Beal on the spot. The tables turn, however, when instead of going through the act, Beal launches into rhetoric about the state of the world and concludes his tirade with, “I’m mad as Hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore!”