Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky predicted today's rash of trash television and shock-driven newscasts with this ahead-of-its-time satire that centers on a network news anchor named Howard Beale (Peter Finch) who loses it on the air. His outrageous rants boost the station's ratings and intrigue cutthroat network execs Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall. William Holden contrasts their avarice as an old-school TV journalist who's hopelessly out of step.

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