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Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall View All


Sidney Lumet (Director), Paddy Chayefsky (Screenplay) View All

Release: Nov. 1st, 1976
Runtime: 2 hours, 1 minute
When veteran anchorman Howard Beale is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ratings.
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Citizen Rules
I hate movies that dumb it down for the audience, and despite the totally prophetic and important message of the movie, I can't overlook the sloppy execution by the director.
Pelicula Pelican
It is no surprise to me that Peter Finch took Best Actor, or that Faye Dunaway took the best actress, but what might come as a surprise is that Beatrice Straight received an award for Best Supporting Actress even though she had less than ten minutes of overall screen time.
Peter Finch won the first posthumous Oscar for Lead Actor for his charismatic performance as the tortured Howard Beale, a lost soul who suffers when he starts to believe his own press and Robert Duvall is razor sharp as the network executive playing puppetmaster with Max, Howard, and Diana.