Network

Network

DVD - 2006
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A television newscaster's mental breakdown turns him into a celebrity when the network tries to profit from his illness.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2006
Edition: Two-disc special ed. (widescreen ed.)
ISBN: 9780790793054
0790793059
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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messala2
Nov 01, 2017

Anyone thinking this film is 40 years too old obviously voted for Trump.

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booksmile
Apr 07, 2017

I would give the first hour of the movie (leading up to that amazing iconic "I won't take it anymore" speech) 5 stars, but the second half of the movie is more like 1 star and too long and could be skipped entirely!

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Maoisdead
Jan 23, 2017

Scathing critique of television news ( and media in general )- still relevant.

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Triple_X_Rex
Oct 14, 2016

Network, which is satire of the television industry, is seriously weighed down by age (it's now 40 years old) and its heavily pompous dialogue.

Despite raising up a few interesting points and questions - The script lacks coherence and a strong framework. Some of the storyline seems completely pointless and love affair between Max and Diana doesn't seem to fit in at all with the rest of the plot.

The actors are disappointingly shallow, vapid and excessive in their character portrayals. And the bland and somewhat slow direction emphasizes the overall dullness of this movie.

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obadiah11
Aug 22, 2016

omg! this movie is so terrific. the acting is brilliant with an incredible script. must see or you will atone

Works on many levels which work today to explain the shallow levels mainstream media still lives by.

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TheeAvebury
Jul 12, 2015

This is a great movie. The story is wonderful, the script brilliant, the acting is stunning, the satire cutting and hilarious, and the message serious and profound. " Network " shows how capitalism works in the realm of culture, how the culture industry works to debase public standards and corrupt public morals. Superior to the interesting " Nightcrawler " which deals with similar themes- but not in as much depth as " Network ". Worth watching.

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franque
Jul 07, 2015

The Network is film as prophecy. Disturbing, biting in humor, and stark in depicting not only television, but life as imbued by the constant lure/lull of the screen (any screen will do). The only thing I'll say of the ending is that it's typical of the 70's with a bluntness that edges into your skull. People probably focus on this film as a commentary on TV. I suspect this film is a commentary on the perpetual dehumanization of us not by corporations or communists, but by our own participation in denying out of fear what were clearly being told by the elite powers that be. Have people been killed in the name of "infotainment"? Is what you see on the news real? Does even our precious NPR or Fox news actually come from sources that are bought & sold to fulfill global domination agendas? In Network the backdrop is news & TV. Is it possible that if the writer of this film were alive today the backdrop would be environmentalism, transhumanism, and the UN? If you watched this film & it didn't make you see clearly how everything since it's release has come true, and doesn't make you wonder just where things are going, then you are already like Dunaways character, TV (and all media) incarnate.

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muffinpopcorn
Apr 02, 2015

so so , kinda boring , slow

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Marcell_Murray
Jul 19, 2013

Many accounts have touched upon the prominent fact that though this movie was made in 1976, most of this still happens today. The only deficit: There aren't enough strong people, or just one individual to stand for what needs to be exposed. Hypocrisy is the illusion to social degradation. As one is on the top, he or she does not care who is at the bottom-though it is them that keeps him or her uplifted. Without them-he or she can't continue. Behind the scene forces shows that humans running such organizations and companies are willing to do anything to make it to the top, but fail to realize that they are nothing without those who they step on, and thus-that "glory" is greatly tarnished with no real value. This movie is a very close epitome as to what my career as a movie director/ actor will show in the future, but who says I'm frightened to take on the world, if I'm trying to purge the earth? I give this movie 4/5 Stars! =D

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Dramatic intensity may be frightening for some viewers. Overall, there is nothing exceptionally frightening in the film.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Coarse Language: The f-word is used somewhat excessively and fairly casually. There are also some milder cusses.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Sexual Content: A brief sex scene is shown between two characters; the scene is fairly non-explicit, but there is a brief yet intense orgasm conveyed during chatter about television ratings. Sex-related dialogue is used on and off throughout the film, as well.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Other: Characters smoke and drink alcohol from time to time, usually at work parties and events.

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Violence: There are gunshots. Blood and bullet wounds are shown. (Despite this display, violence in this film is minimal.)

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laustcawz Sep 17, 2013

Actually, it's "I'm as mad as hell & I'm not going to take this anymore!"

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Marcell_Murray
Jul 19, 2013

"Drive me to the middle of the George Washington Bridge!!"

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pie
Jun 25, 2008

I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

Power-hungry TV execs use a deranged former news anchor to improve their ratings through sensationalism as he rants live on-air.

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phyllis49
Mar 18, 2012

Winner of 4 Academy Awards 1976 .
Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall. .

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britprincess1
Aug 23, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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