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William Holden, Robert Duvall, Peter Finch, and Faye Dunaway star in this dark comedy.
William Holden, Robert Duvall, Peter Finch, and Faye Dunaway star in this dark comedy.

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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 80
Notable as: Black comedy, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Satire, Black comedy, Parody, DramaNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 121 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Sidney LumetScreenwriter: Paddy ChayefskyMusic: Elliot LawrenceCinematography: Owen RoizmanStars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, Arthur Burghardt, Jordan Charney, Beatrice Straight, Ken Kercheval Producer: Fred C. CarusoStudio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, United ArtistsAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actor (Peter Finch)
Academy Award for Best Actress (Faye Dunaway)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (William Holden)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Owen Roizman)
Academy Award for Best Director (Sidney Lumet)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Alan Heim)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Ned Beatty)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings. The film stars Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall and features Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, and Beatrice Straight. The film won four Academy Awards, in the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. In 2000, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 2002, it was inducted into the Producers Guild of America Hall of Fame as a film that has "set an enduring standard for U.S. American entertainment". In 2006, Chayefsky's script was voted one of the top-ten screenplays by the Writers Guild of America, East. In 2007, the film was 64th among the 100 greatest American films as chosen by the American Film Institute, a ranking slightly higher than the one AFI had given it ten years earlier.


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