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Broadcast News

James L Brooks (1987)

15 Certificate


Our Score
It's Drop the Dead Donkey, stateside, in this sweet-and-sour satirical comedy from James L Brooks. In an environment where superegos pursue serious news, a romantic triangle develops between three self-serving Washington-based TV journalists. Vying for the affections of hard-nosed producer Holly Hunter are undervalued William Hurt, as a newscaster who can bring phoney tears to his eyes, and the underused Albert Brooks, as a seasoned investigator. But it's Hunter - long before her Oscar-winning role in The Piano - who really provokes the sorrow and the pity of lives at the mercy of their careers.


The highly strung producer of a Washington news bureau falls for a handsome but arrogant and totally untalented new anchorman, but is unaware a humble reporter friend is deeply infatuated with her. Comedy, starring Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Albert Brooks. Featuring an uncredited cameo from Jack Nicholson.

Cast & Crew

Tom Grunick William Hurt
Aaron Altman Albert Brooks
Jane Craig Holly Hunter
Bill Rorich, news anchor Jack Nicholson
Jennifer Mack Lois Chiles
Blair Litton Joan Cusack
Paul Moore Peter Hackes
Bobby Christian Clemenson
Martin Klein Robert Katims
George Weln Ed Wheeler
Gerald Grunick Stephen Mendillo
Young Tom Kimber Shoop
Young Aaron Dwayne Markee
Young Jane Gennie James
Jane's dad Leo Burmester
Elli Merriman Amy Brooks
Clifford Altman Jonathan Benya
Mercenary Frank Doubleday
Lila Sally Knight
Director James L Brooks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Contains swearing and brief nudity. Available on: video and DVD