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Directed by Sidney Lumet

Starring Peter Finch, William Holden, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight

(1976) “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” bellows “mad prophet of the airwaves” Peter Finch – with America seemingly joining in – as network news head William Holden breaks the news of his guilty affair with scheming entertainment chief Faye Dunaway to wife Beatrice Straight. Paddy Chayefsky’s scabrous satire of television eerily prefigures today’s political climate. Winner of three acting Oscars: Finch (posthumously), Dunaway, and Straight – as well as for Chayefsky’s script, plus six other nominations. 35mm print courtesy Harvard Film Archive.
Approx. 121 min.

Reviews

“BRILLIANTLY, CRUELLY FUNNY.”
– Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“In other hands, the film might have whirled to pieces. In [Lumet’s], it became a touchstone.”
– Roger Ebert

“Endures (wide 1970s lapels and all) as a brave, outspoken work.”
– The Guardian

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