Lists: Drama, Dark comedy, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1970 to 1979

Brief Synopsis: "A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit."

Overall Ranking: 688 (Rank from 1976: # 5)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 40%
Regular 40%
Half-Popped 20%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi97
Thomas Pollock90
Rob from GuysFilmQuest82 - Funnier than I thought it would be. Better social commentary than I was expecting.
Gorgon Reviews80
Keith And The Movies61(full review)

People Involved

  • Faye Dunaway (Diana Christensen)
  • William Holden (Max Schumacher)
  • Peter Finch (Howard Beale)
  • Robert Duvall (Frank Hackett)
  • Wesley Addy (Nelson Chaney)
  • Ned Beatty (Arthur Jensen)
  • Arthur Burghardt (Great Ahmed Kahn)
  • Conchata Ferrell (Barbara Schlesinger)
  • Jerome Dempsey (Walter C. Amundsen)
  • Ed Crowley (Joe Donnelly)
  • Kathy Cronkite (Mary Ann Gifford)
  • Beatrice Straight (Louise Schumacher)
  • Marlene Warfield (Laureen Hobbs)
  • William Prince (Edward George Ruddy)
  • Darryl Hickman (Bill Herron)
  • Ken Kercheval (Merrill Grant)
  • Ted Sorel (Giannini)
  • Lane Smith (Robert McDonough)
  • Cindy Grover (Caroline Schumacher)
  • Fred C. Caruso (Director)