Network (1976)

Directed by  Sidney Lumet

Stars: Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty

"What's wrong with being an angry prophet denouncing the hypocrisy of our times?"

Newscaster Howard Beale is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore! Paddy Chayefsky's biting satire is masterfully directed by Sidney Lumet and features stellar acting by the entire cast. Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway, and Beatrice Straight all won Oscars for their performances.

This film is intelligent, filled with pitch black humor, and perfectly appropriate for the current times. The volatile economic, environmental, and political climates of today resonate with the same issues the United States faced in 1975. And experience the guilty pleasure of hearing class act Hollywood gentry like William Holden saying "fuck you". Sweet!

See this film, there is a reason this masterpiece is rated as one of the top one hundred films by the American Film Institute. Network news is not about truth, it's about ratings. Ratings are about money. It's television, not reality. It's all summed up in the riveting scene with Ned Beatty as he explains the true nature of the system in which we live. Pure genius. The dialogue is so fantastic in this movie that you can just listen to the words and still be profoundly affected.