Network

Washed-up news anchorman (Finch) flips on air, finds God, and is gleefully exploited by his TV company to boost the ratings with his epileptic evangelic revivalism. Network gives a rather old-fashioned plot the '70s treatment: the result is slick, 'adult', self-congratulatory, and almost entirely hollow. Paddy Chayefsky's entrenched but increasingly desperate script parades its middle-aged symptoms to little effect: it's ulcerous, bilious, paranoid about youth, and increasingly susceptible to fantasy. Above all, it's haunted by fear of failing powers; presumably people telling each other what lousy lays they were is to be taken as indication of the film's searing honesty. Lumet's direction does nothing to contain the sprawl, and most of the interest comes in watching such a lavishly mounted vehicle leaving the rails so spectacularly.

Release details

Duration: 121 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sidney Lumet
Screenwriter: Paddy Chayefsky
Cast: Faye Dunaway
William Holden
Peter Finch
Robert Duvall
Wesley Addy
Ned Beatty
Arthur Burghardt
Stanley Grover
Darryl Hickman
Lee Richardson

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Zoeb

What A Silly Review. I Think The Whole TimeOut Staff is badky biased towards Sidney Lumet and Paddy Cheyefsky. This film may be old but I find it very relevant in today's times. It is smart, funny but also quite scary as it exposes some of the greatest failings in human psyche. And the part about TV ratings scramble also feels real. The acting is great and the dialogue and scenes are even more unforgettable.

Zoeb

What A Silly Review. I Think The Whole TimeOut Staff is badky biased towards Sidney Lumet and Paddy Cheyefsky. This film may be old but I find it very relevant in today's times. It is smart, funny but also quite scary as it exposes some of the greatest failings in human psyche. And the part about TV ratings scramble also feels real. The acting is great and the dialogue and scenes are even more unforgettable.

DP

It's a clever, funny movie, but the reviewer makes some good points. Chayefsky doesn't really write "quiet" dialogue. As for satire, both Lumet and Chatefsky said that they meant it seriously

Gess T. Apo

Your review of the film is as vacuous as the residue it apparently left behind in your mind. There is more to the movie than the most obvious aspects of a "ranting madman" being exploited for ratings and dialogue relating to the quality of sexual encounters. Look deeper into what is present and notice the questions about the meaninglessness of man's condition and alienation from others in addition to the self. The movie illustrates the negative role that television has in causing people to detach from their own life, or at the very least, to judge their life by false standards presented via programming. It isn't called programming for no reason. I have the feeling that CPe was uncomfortable w/various ideas presented in the movie and wrote the above asinine review in a fit of self-loathing.

Gess T. Apo

Your review of the film is as vacuous as the residue it apparently left behind in your mind. There is more to the movie than the most obvious aspects of a "ranting madman" being exploited for ratings and dialogue relating to the quality of sexual encounters. Look deeper into what is present and notice the questions about the meaninglessness of man's condition and alienation from others in addition to the self. The movie illustrates the negative role that television has in causing people to detach from their own life, or at the very least, to judge their life by false standards presented via programming. It isn't called programming for no reason. I have the feeling that CPe was uncomfortable w/various ideas presented in the movie and wrote the above asinine review in a fit of self-loathing.

Katherine

This is one of the greatest movies ever made. The fear is in the direction of the world in general and TV in particular. Paddy C was right on the money. The dialogue is fantastic and literate (also funny) and there isn't a bad actor in the entire film. Don't be afraid to watch it.

Katherine

This is one of the greatest movies ever made. The fear is in the direction of the world in general and TV in particular. Paddy C was right on the money. The dialogue is fantastic and literate (also funny) and there isn't a bad actor in the entire film. Don't be afraid to watch it.