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Excerpt from a Movie Review of Broadcast News by Critic Roger Ebert

Right at the center of "Broadcast News" is a character named Jane Craig (Holly Hunter), who is a news writer-producer for the Washington bureau of a TV network. She is smart and fast, and she cherishes certain beliefs about TV news -- one of them being that a story should be covered by the person best qualified to cover it.

One of her best friends is Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), a bright, aggressive reporter. He's one of the best in the business, but he's not especially good on camera. During a trip South, she meets Tom Grunick (William Hurt), a sportscaster who cheerfully admits he has little education, is not a good reader, and doesn't know much about current events. But he has been hired for the Washington bureau because he looks good and has a natural relationship with the camera.

The Hunter [Jane] character is only human. She is repelled by this guy's credentials, but she likes his body. After he comes to Washington, he quickly gains the attention of the network brass, while the Brooks character [Aaron] goes into eclipse. Hunter [Jane] is torn between the two men: Brooks [Aaron], who says he loves her and is the better reporter, and Hurt [Tom], who says he wants to learn, and who is sexier.

The tricky thing about "Broadcast News" -- the quality in director James L. Brooks' screenplay that makes it so special -- is that all three characters have a tendency to grow emotionally absent-minded when it's a choice between romance and work. Frankly, they'd rather work. After Hunter [Jane] whispers into Hurt's [Tom’s] earpiece to talk him through a crucial live report on a Middle East crisis, he kneels at her feet and says it was like sex, having her voice inside his head. He never gets that excited about sex. Neither does she.

Much of the plot of "Broadcast News" centers around a piece that Hurt [Tom] reports about "date rape." Listening to one woman's story, he is so moved that a tear trickles down his cheek. It means a great deal to Hunter [Jane] whether that tear is real or faked. Experienced TV people will question why Hunter [Jane], a veteran producer, didn't immediately notice the detail that bothers her so much later on. But in a way, "Broadcast News" is not about details, but about the larger question of whether TV news is becoming show business.

Jack Nicholson has an unbilled supporting role in the movie as the network's senior anchorman, an irascible man who has high standards himself, but is not above seeing his ratings assisted by coverage that may be questionable.

The implication is that the next anchor will be a William Hurt type [Tom], great on camera, but incapable of discerning authenticity from fakery. Meanwhile, the Albert Brooks types [Aaron] will end up doing superior journalism in smaller "markets" (the TV word for "cities"), and the Holly Hunter types [Jane] will keep on fighting all the old deadlines, plus a new one: the biological clock.

"Broadcast News" has a lot of interesting things to say about television. But the thing it does best is look into a certain kind of personality and a certain kind of relationship. Like "Terms of Endearment," the previous film by James L. Brooks, it does not see relationships as a matter of meeting someone you like and falling in love. Brooks, almost alone among major Hollywood filmmakers, knows that some people have higher priorities than love, and deeper fears.


Broadcast News. The Internet Movie Database. Accessed Nov. 18, 2005.

Ebert, Robert. Movie Reviews. Online. Accessed Nov. 18, 2005. Written
Dec. 16, 1987.
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com. Go to “Search” and type in “broadcast news”.


Updated 30 November 2005
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