Broadcast News (1987)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 13 mins

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Jane Craig is an ambitious producer at the network news division's Washington D.C. branch, who is calm under fire yet has a good cry at her desk every morning over her empty personal life. Jane works well with Aaron Altman, an excellent reporter who lacks the visual charisma to make him a star. Into their lives comes Tom Grunick, a regional newscaster who admits he can't write news and doesn't understand many of the events he's covering, but has the presence and physical appeal that the increasingly entertainment-oriented network wants for its news programs. Jane is also physically attracted to him, which drives her crazy, because Grunick stands for everything she's fighting against in the news business, while Altman is devastated by her attraction because he secretly yearns for Jane.

Cast: Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Jack Nicholson, William Hurt

Crew: James L Brooks (Director), Michael Ballhaus (Director of Photography), Bill Conti (Music Director)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 16 Dec 1987 (United States)

Tagline: It's the story of their lives.

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Did you know? At his own request, Jack Nicholson was not paid anything for his role in the film. Read More
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as Aaron Altman
as Jane Craig
as Bill Rorish
as Tom Grunick
as Elli Merriman
as Young Aaron
as George Weln
as Mercenary
as Young Jane
as Anne Merriman
as Blair Litton
as Clifford Altman
as Young Tom
as Jane's Dad
as Jennifer Mack
as Date-Rape Woman
as Weekend News Producer
as Paul Moore
as Martin Klein
as Ernie Merriman
as Gerald Grunick


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Music Director


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Sound Effects Editor
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It's the story of their lives.
At his own request, Jack Nicholson was not paid anything for his role in the film.

When Albert Brooks first read the script, the scene where Aaron does a weekend broadcast simply noted "Something bad happens to Aaron on the air." Albert was watching CNN, and a reporter he'd never seen before (and hasn't seen since) began sweating badly. Albert phoned Writer and Director James L. Brooks at three in the morning, telling him that Aaron HAD to start sweating profusely.

The part of Jane Craig had been written for Debra Winger, who was originally cast in the role. Debra became pregnant however, and was replaced by Holly Hunter who was cast two days before shooting was to begin.

The actor who plays News Division President Paul Moore, Peter Hackes, was actually an NBC News correspondent in Washington, D.C.. He retired from the network a year before the movie was made.