Ageing TV anchor Howard Beale is fired after his ratings slip and he beings to lose control, ranting on air. This on air rant results in a ratings hike so naturally the network give Beale a platform upon which he slowly starts to unravel.
Legendary director Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men) is at the helm for this 1976 classic and it genuinely is a classic. With four well deserved Oscars and nestling at #172 in IMDB’s top250, Network is a captivating and stirring dissection of modern society that is still very much relevant and pertinent today.
Worth watching for Beale’s famous ‘I’m mad as hell’ speech alone but there is so much more to Network than a slogan with Faye Dunaway, William Holden and Peter Finch all delivering masterful and memorable performances.
Network is often overlooked but it has aged very well and has been hugely influenced everything from God Bless America to Black Mirror.