D: Sidney Lumet
MGM/United Artists (Howard Gottfried)
W: Paddy Chayefsky
DP: Owen Roizman
Ed: Alan Heim
Mus: Elliot Lawrence
Peter Finch (Howard Beale), William Holden (Max Schumacher), Faye Dunaway (Diana Christiansen), Robert Duvall (Frank Hackett), Wesley Addy (Nelson Chaney), Ned Beatty (Arthur Jensen), Beatrice Straight (Mrs. Schumacher)
A highly intelligent, thought-provoking satire about the media and world of broadcasting, with fantastic performances from its ensemble cast. Peter Finch plays a news reader who has a mental breakdown while on air and becomes exploited by his television network and its executives (Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, etc).
A classic of 1970's cinema with a sharp, brilliant Oscar-winning screenplay by veteran writer Paddy Chayefsky. Peter Finch also won an Oscar for Best Actor, becoming the first performer to do so posthumously.