This is the immortal refrain yelled by anchorman Howard Beale in the 1976 film Network. It seems that the film, 40 years on from its UK release, has just as much to say about the state of the world today than it did back then.
Network is #66. The #19 movie quote is ” I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore !”
The film stars Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall and features Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty and Beatrice Straight. Network received widespread critical acclaim, with particular praise for the performances.
The assassination succeeds, putting an end to The Howard Beale Show and kicking off a second season of The Mao Tse-Tung Hour. The film ends with the narrator stating: “This was the story of Howard Beale, the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings.”
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It was shot largely in Canada. The TV studio sequences were filmed at a CTV facility in Toronto. The networks in the U.S. refused to cooperate because of “the volatile nature of the screenplay,” Owen Roizman, the film’s cinematographer said.
Robbins himself has stated publicly that he did not play the part, and was in fact a senior in high school at the time. Writer Paddy Chayefsky was eerily prescient in his screenplay in three significant ways.
In September 1975, the UBS network decided to fire him, leading him to engage in binge drinking as he feels there is nothing left for him in the world. Beale’s career as “The Mad Prophet of the Airwaves” is sparked by his half-joking offer, after receiving his two weeks’ notice, to kill himself on nationwide TV.