History Film / Network

13th Mar '17 12:08:40 PM JamesAustin
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* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Invoked in-universe, after Hackett fires Schumacher and tells him he's following Diana Christensen's suggestion of merging the network's news and entertainment divisions:
-->'''Schumacher:''' I'm gonna spread this whole reeking business in every newspaper, on every network, group and affiliate in this country. I'm gonna make a lot of noise about this.\\
'''Hackett:''' Great! We need all the press we can get!


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* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Invoked in-universe, after Hackett fires Schumacher and tells him he's following Diana Christensen's suggestion of merging the network's news and entertainment divisions:
-->'''Schumacher:''' I'm gonna spread this whole reeking business in every newspaper, on every network, group and affiliate in this country. I'm gonna make a lot of noise about this.\\
'''Hackett:''' Great! We need all the press we can get!
13th Mar '17 12:00:18 PM JamesAustin
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* OneLinerEcho: People all over the world repeat the "Mad as hell" punch-line of Beale's speech in agreement.

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* OneLinerEcho: People all over the world repeat the "Mad as hell" Hell" punch-line of Beale's speech in agreement.
13th Mar '17 12:00:04 PM JamesAustin
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* BettyAndVeronica: For Max, his homely wife (Betty) vs. IceQuee Diana (Veronica).

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* BettyAndVeronica: For Max, his homely wife (Betty) vs. IceQuee IceQueen Diana (Veronica).


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* NoEnding: Or perhaps it was too abrupt... but the aftermath of [[spoiler: Beale's planned assassination]] is never delved into, except that one of his killers, "the Great Ahmed Khan", escaped.
13th Mar '17 11:33:56 AM JamesAustin
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-->--'''Howard Beale'''

''Network'' is a 1976 American film, written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by SidneyLumet, that might just scare the living daylights out of you and make you stare at a wall for ten minutes. It is a harsh, satirical critique of (among other things) television and the short-attention-span culture over which it presides, [[StrawmanNewsMedia the media in general]] and its shameless pandering to the LowestCommonDenominator, the giant conglomerates that have homogenized American entertainment, and the executives who treat the nightly news as a profit center instead of a public service.

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-->--'''Howard -->-- '''Howard Beale'''

''Network'' is a 1976 American film, written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by SidneyLumet, Creator/SidneyLumet, that might just scare the living daylights out of you and make you stare at a wall for ten minutes. It is a harsh, satirical critique of (among other things) television and the short-attention-span culture over which it presides, [[StrawmanNewsMedia the media in general]] and its shameless pandering to the LowestCommonDenominator, the giant conglomerates that have homogenized American entertainment, and the executives who treat the nightly news as a profit center instead of a public service.



In the meantime, UBS programming executive Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) decides to capitalize on Beale's success, convincing ruthless network president Frank Hackett (Robert Duvall) to merge the news and entertainment divisions so that she can manage Beale's show and create a new program, ''The Mao Tse-Tung Hour'', aimed at the new audience that Beale is bringing in. She also enters a relationship with Schumacher, who must [[LoveTriangle choose]] between her and his wife Louise (Beatrice Straight). Things get even more complicated when Beale delivers an on-air rant against an imminent deal to merge UBS' corporate parent with a Saudi Arabian conglomerate, which draws the attention of quasi-messianic company chairman Arthur Jensen (Ned Beatty).

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In the meantime, UBS programming executive Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) (Creator/FayeDunaway) decides to capitalize on Beale's success, convincing ruthless network president Frank Hackett (Robert Duvall) to merge the news and entertainment divisions so that she can manage Beale's show and create a new program, ''The Mao Tse-Tung Hour'', aimed at the new audience that Beale is bringing in. She also enters a relationship with Schumacher, who must [[LoveTriangle choose]] between her and his wife Louise (Beatrice Straight). Things get even more complicated when Beale delivers an on-air rant against an imminent deal to merge UBS' corporate parent with a Saudi Arabian conglomerate, which draws the attention of quasi-messianic company chairman Arthur Jensen (Ned Beatty).



-->'''Beale''': I have seen the face of God.
-->'''Jensen''': You just might be right, Mr. Beale.

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-->'''Beale''': -->'''Beale:''' I have seen the face of God.
-->'''Jensen''': -->'''Jensen:''' You just might be right, Mr. Beale.



* ArcWords: "Fifty share" (talking about ratings)[[note]]Meaning that of all homes where people were watching TV, 50% of them would be watching Beale.[[/note]], "mad as hell", etc.

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* ArcWords: "Fifty share" (talking about ratings)[[note]]Meaning ratings),[[note]]Meaning that of all homes where people were watching TV, 50% of them would be watching Beale.[[/note]], [[/note]] "mad as hell", etc.



-->'''Diana''': You had less than a minute of hard national and international news. It was all sex, scandal, brutal crime, sports, [[LittlestCancerPatient children with incurable diseases]], and lost puppies.

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-->'''Diana''': -->'''Diana:''' You had less than a minute of hard national and international news. It was all sex, scandal, brutal crime, sports, [[LittlestCancerPatient children with incurable diseases]], and lost puppies.



* BettyAndVeronica: For Max, his wife vs. Diana.

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* BettyAndVeronica: For Max, his homely wife (Betty) vs. Diana.IceQuee Diana (Veronica).



* BrickJoke: "What are we going to call it, ''The Mao Tse-Tung Hour''?"

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* BrickJoke: BrickJoke:
**
"What are we going to call it, ''The Mao Tse-Tung Hour''?"



* CrapsackWorld

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* %%* CrapsackWorld



-->"I would like at this moment to announce that I will be retiring from this program in two weeks time because of poor ratings. Since this show is the only thing I had going for me in my life, I've decided to kill myself. I'm going to blow my brains out right on this program a week from today. So tune in next Tuesday. That should give the public relations people a week to promote the show. You ought to get a hell of a rating out of that. Fifty share, easy."

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-->"I -->'''Howard Beale:''' I would like at this moment to announce that I will be retiring from this program in two weeks time because of poor ratings. Since this show is the only thing I had going for me in my life, I've decided to kill myself. I'm going to blow my brains out right on this program a week from today. So tune in next Tuesday. That should give the public relations people a week to promote the show. You ought to get a hell of a rating out of that. Fifty share, easy."



* {{Eagleland}}: One of the most nihilistic Type Twos ever seen:
-->'''Jensen''': There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and Du Pont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon.
** Although honestly, the film is just as applicable in Europe or Asia as it is in America.

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* {{Eagleland}}: One of the most nihilistic Type Twos ever seen:
-->'''Jensen''':
seen. Although honestly, the film is just as applicable in Europe or Asia as it is in America:
-->'''Jensen:'''
There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and Du Pont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. \n** Although honestly, the film is just as applicable in Europe or Asia as it is in America.



-->"YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature and [[PunctuatedForEmphasis YOU! WILL! ATONE!]]"
* ExecutiveMeddling: An in-universe example. [[spoiler:Jensen convinces Beale to drop his fiery populist message because he's railing against a merger of CCA (the corporation that owns UBS) with a Saudi Arabian conglomerate a merger that the deeply-in-debt UBS needs to stay afloat.]]
** All he really does is explain his own philosophy in terms Beale instantly accepts. The message is still just as fiery, he just switches sides.

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-->"YOU -->'''Arthur Jensen:''' YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature and [[PunctuatedForEmphasis YOU! WILL! ATONE!]]"
ATONE!]]
* ExecutiveMeddling: An in-universe example. [[spoiler:Jensen convinces Beale to drop his fiery populist message because he's railing against a merger of CCA (the corporation that owns UBS) with a Saudi Arabian conglomerate a merger that the deeply-in-debt UBS needs to stay afloat.]]
**
]] All he really does is explain his own philosophy in terms Beale instantly accepts. The message is still just as fiery, he just switches sides.



* FreakOut / SanitySlippage: Beale's having a nervous breakdown on Live television. Instead of getting him the help he needs, his bosses ''encourage it'', and he eventually goes completely [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Coo-Coo]].

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* FreakOut / SanitySlippage: FreakOut: Beale's having a nervous breakdown on Live live television. Instead of getting him the help he needs, his bosses ''encourage it'', and he eventually goes completely [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Coo-Coo]].



--> '''Diana''': And, by the way, the next time I send an audience research report around, you'd all better read it, or I'll sack the fucking lot of you, is that clear?

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--> '''Diana''': '''Diana:''' And, by the way, the next time I send an audience research report around, you'd all better read it, or I'll sack the fucking lot of you, is that clear?



* GrumpyOldMan: Beale.
* HappilyMarried: Max, although it takes him until the end of the film to realize it.
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]

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* %%* GrumpyOldMan: Beale.
* HappilyMarried: Max, Max and his wife have a happy marriage, although it takes him until the end of the film to realize it.
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]%%* TheHeroDies



* IceQueen: Diana.

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* %%* IceQueen: Diana.



** NetworkDecay: What eventually occurs (the ratings are high, but the quality...).
* ManipulativeBitch: Diana.



* MemeticMutation: Happens InUniverse to Beale's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGiX5tbLKiY "mad as Hell" speech]], as people all over the world take up the cry. It's such a famous scene, it's become susceptible to MemeticMutation in RealLife as well.
* MisaimedFandom: An {{In-Universe}} example. While Howard is sympathetic, it's pretty clear that he's having a mental breakdown during his "mad as hell" speech. The movie then goes on to show why network television empowering and commercializing his populist rage is a bad thing. Keep that in mind the next time you hear a pundit on network television saying they're "mad as hell".
* MoneyDearBoy: The only reason anyone does anything at UBS is for ratings, including keeping Howard on the air at all, and then [[spoiler: killing him]]. [[invoked]]
** [[spoiler:It's heavily implied that UBS is going to use the on-air assassination for the opener for the next season of the Mao-Tse Tung Hour.]]

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* MemeticMutation: Happens InUniverse in-universe to Beale's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGiX5tbLKiY "mad as Hell" speech]], as people all over the world take up the cry. It's such a famous scene, it's become susceptible to MemeticMutation in RealLife as well.
* MisaimedFandom: An {{In-Universe}} in-universe example. While Howard is sympathetic, it's pretty clear that he's having a mental breakdown during his "mad as hell" speech. The movie then goes on to show why network television empowering and commercializing his populist rage is a bad thing. Keep that in mind the next time you hear a pundit on network television saying they're "mad as hell".
* MoneyDearBoy: The In-universe, the only reason anyone does anything at UBS is for ratings, including keeping Howard on the air at all, and then [[spoiler: killing him]]. [[invoked]]
** [[spoiler:It's
him. It's heavily implied that UBS is going to use the on-air assassination for the opener for the next season of the Mao-Tse Tung Hour.]]



* {{Narrator}}

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%%* {{Narrator}}
* {{Narrator}}NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Invoked in-universe, after Hackett fires Schumacher and tells him he's following Diana Christensen's suggestion of merging the network's news and entertainment divisions:
-->'''Schumacher:''' I'm gonna spread this whole reeking business in every newspaper, on every network, group and affiliate in this country. I'm gonna make a lot of noise about this.\\
'''Hackett:''' Great! We need all the press we can get!
* NetworkDecay: In-universe, what eventually occurs to UBS (the ratings are high, but the quality...).



-->'''Diana''': Hi. I'm Diana Christensen, a racist lackey of the imperialist ruling circles.
-->'''Laureen''': I'm Laureen Hobbs, a badass commie nigger.

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-->'''Diana''': -->'''Diana:''' Hi. I'm Diana Christensen, a racist lackey of the imperialist ruling circles.
-->'''Laureen''': -->'''Laureen:''' I'm Laureen Hobbs, a badass commie nigger.



-->'''Diane:''' The Ecumenical Liberation Army, that's not the one that kidnapped Patty Hearst?\\

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-->'''Diane:''' --->'''Diana:''' The Ecumenical Liberation Army, that's not the one that kidnapped Patty Hearst?\\



* NotSoBadassLongcoat: Howard's trench coat.
* NotSoDifferent: According to Jensen, there is no difference between America and any other nation: they all care about money.
-->"We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business."

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* NotSoBadassLongcoat: Howard's trench coat.
coat is old and battered.
* NotSoDifferent: NotSoDifferent:
**
According to Jensen, there is no difference between America and any other nation: they all care about money.
-->"We --->'''Arthur Jensen:''' We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business."



--->"I watched your six o'clock news today; it's straight tabloid. You had a minute and a half of that lady riding a bike naked in Central Park; on the other hand, you had less than a minute of hard national and international news. It was all sex, scandal, brutal crime, sports, children with incurable diseases, and lost puppies. So, I don't think I'll listen to any protestations of high standards of journalism when you're right down on the streets soliciting audiences like the rest of us."

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--->"I --->'''Diana Christensen:''' I watched your six o'clock news today; it's straight tabloid. You had a minute and a half of that lady riding a bike naked in Central Park; on the other hand, you had less than a minute of hard national and international news. It was all sex, scandal, brutal crime, sports, children with incurable diseases, and lost puppies. So, I don't think I'll listen to any protestations of high standards of journalism when you're right down on the streets soliciting audiences like the rest of us."



* OneLinerEcho: See MemeticMutation.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: After beginning the movie as a dyed-in-the-wool communist, Laureen Hobbs has become this by the end.
** It's a strange example, because she's still a communist, but Diana convinces her that she can only advance her cause by gaining money and influence, which requires working with the network. And once she starts compromising with the corporate agenda, it tends to take over everything.

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* OneLinerEcho: See MemeticMutation.
People all over the world repeat the "Mad as hell" punch-line of Beale's speech in agreement.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: After beginning the movie as a dyed-in-the-wool communist, Laureen Hobbs has become this by the end.
**
end. It's a strange example, because she's still a communist, but Diana convinces her that she can only advance her cause by gaining money and influence, which requires working with the network. And once she starts compromising with the corporate agenda, it tends to take over everything.



-->'''Secretary''': Mr. Hackett's trying to get through to you.
-->'''Max''': Tell Mr. Hackett to go fuck himself.

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-->'''Secretary''': -->'''Secretary:''' Mr. Hackett's trying to get through to you.
-->'''Max''':
you.\\
'''Max:'''
Tell Mr. Hackett to go fuck himself.



-->'''Schumacher''': You're television incarnate, Diana. Indifferent to suffering. Insensitive to joy. All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality. War, murder, death. All the same to you as bottles of beer. And the daily business of life is a corrupt comedy. You even shatter the sensations of time and space into split seconds and instant replays. You're madness, Diana. Virulent madness. And everything you touch dies with you.

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-->'''Schumacher''': --->'''Schumacher:''' You're television incarnate, Diana. Indifferent to suffering. Insensitive to joy. All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality. War, murder, death. All the same to you as bottles of beer. And the daily business of life is a corrupt comedy. You even shatter the sensations of time and space into split seconds and instant replays. You're madness, Diana. Virulent madness. And everything you touch dies with you.



* SanitySlippage: Howard starts losing his sanity, which the network cruelly exploits.

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* SanitySlippage: Howard starts losing After Beale has a nervous breakdown on live television, instead of getting him the help he needs, his sanity, which the network bosses cruelly exploits.''encourage it'', and he eventually goes losin' it.



* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The executives [[spoiler:have Beale killed due to his show's declining ratings]]. And you thought Creator/{{FOX}} was bad. [[invoked]]

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The In-universe, the executives [[spoiler:have Beale killed due to his show's declining ratings]]. And you thought Creator/{{FOX}} was bad. [[invoked]]ratings]].



-->'''Doorman''': Good afternoon, Mr. Beale.
-->'''Howard''': I must make my witness!
-->'''Doorman''': Sure thing, Mr. Beale.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness

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-->'''Doorman''': -->'''Doorman:''' Good afternoon, Mr. Beale.\\
'''Howard:''' I must make my witness!\\
'''Doorman:''' Sure thing,
Mr. Beale.
-->'''Howard''': I must make my witness!
-->'''Doorman''': Sure thing, Mr. Beale.
*
%%* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness



-->'''Nelson''': Well, I don't want any part of it. I don't fancy myself the president of a whorehouse.
-->'''Hackett''': That's very commendable of you, Nelson. Now sit down. Your indignation is duly noted; you can always resign tomorrow.

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-->'''Nelson''': -->'''Nelson:''' Well, I don't want any part of it. I don't fancy myself the president of a whorehouse.
-->'''Hackett''':
whorehouse.\\
'''Hackett:'''
That's very commendable of you, Nelson. Now sit down. Your indignation is duly noted; you can always resign tomorrow.



* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: Nearly all of them are portrayed as greedy, amoral bastards except Chaney, who seems to be a decent guy but stopped trying to fight the corruption simply because he knows he can't win.
** Ruddy, the CEO of UBS, is also portrayed as being offended by Beale's rants and the exploitation of them by Hackett and Christiansen. [[SpringtimeForHitler He keeps Beale on the air with the notion that Beale's inevitable collapse will damage Hackett's reputation]]. [[spoiler: But Ruddy has a heart attack, dies and is replaced by Hackett before this can happen.]]
** May or may not apply to Jensen; he's just as passionate as Beale, but on the opposite side.

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* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: Nearly all of them are portrayed as greedy, amoral bastards except Chaney, who seems to be a decent guy but stopped trying to fight the corruption simply because he knows he can't win.
**
win; and Ruddy, the CEO of UBS, is also portrayed as being offended by Beale's rants and the exploitation of them by Hackett and Christiansen. [[SpringtimeForHitler He keeps Beale on the air with the notion that Beale's inevitable collapse will damage Hackett's reputation]]. [[spoiler: But Ruddy has a heart attack, dies and is replaced by Hackett before this can happen.]]
**
]] May or may not apply to Jensen; he's just as passionate as Beale, but on the opposite side.



* TruthInTelevision: In so many ways.



-->'''Jensen''': You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won't have it!

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-->'''Jensen''': -->'''Jensen:''' You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won't have it!



''All I know is that first you've got to get mad! You've got to say, "I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!"''

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''All ->''"All I know is that first you've got to get mad! You've got to say, "I'm 'I'm a human being, goddammit! My life has value!"''value!'"''
17th Feb '17 4:39:17 PM jeez
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mary Anne Gifford and her captors, the Ecumenical Liberation Army, bear a suspicious resemblance to Patty Hearst and ''her'' kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army. Similarly, Laureen Hobbs stands in for '70s communist firebrand Angela Davis.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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Mary Anne Gifford and her captors, the Ecumenical Liberation Army, bear a suspicious resemblance to Patty Hearst and ''her'' kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army. Lampshaded by Diane and Bill.
-->'''Diane:''' The Ecumenical Liberation Army, that's not the one that kidnapped Patty Hearst?\\
'''Bill:''' No, no, that's the ''Symbionese'' Liberation Army. This is the ''Ecumenical'' Liberation Army. They're the ones that kidnapped Mary Anne Gifford three weeks ago. There's a hell of a lot of Liberation Armies in the revolutionary underground, and a lot of kidnapped heiresses.
**
Similarly, Laureen Hobbs stands in for '70s communist firebrand Angela Davis.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Schumacher gives Diana [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4DXaKuOAZ0 one of these]] when he breaks up with her.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
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Schumacher gives Diana [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4DXaKuOAZ0 one of these]] when he breaks up with her.



* ScaryBlackMan: The Great Ahmed Khan. Subverted in that he portrays himself as a criminal mastermind, but when he appears onscreen in person he's eating fried chicken and seems kind of dimwitted.
** Or at least ''very'' laid-back, even during the big argument in the contract discussion, where he quietly pulls out a gun and fires into the air to shut everybody up, then calmly says "Give her the fucking overhead clause. Let's get to page twenty-two, 5(a), subsidiary rights...."

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* ScaryBlackMan: The Great Ahmed Khan. Subverted in that he portrays himself as a criminal mastermind, but when he appears onscreen in person he's eating fried chicken and seems kind of dimwitted.
** Or
dimwitted, or at least ''very'' laid-back, even laid-back. Even during the big argument in the contract discussion, where he quietly pulls out a gun and fires into the air to shut everybody up, then calmly says "Give her the fucking overhead clause. Let's get to page twenty-two, 5(a), subsidiary rights....rights..."
24th Dec '16 8:11:28 AM WarriorsGate
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* StealthPun: Immediately following the first scene of ''The Howard Beale Show'', where Beale is introduced as the mad prophet of the airwaves, Hackett states to the Board of Directors that his section is "the most significant profit center of the communications complex", with special emphasis on the word '''profit'''.
21st Nov '16 8:42:46 AM speedyboris
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* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity: In Diana's debut scene:
--> '''Diana''': And, by the way, the next time I send an audience research report around, you'd all better read it, or I'll sack the fucking lot of you, is that clear?
5th Oct '16 3:21:13 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* EasyEvangelism: Jensen converts Beale to his (completely opposed) philosophy with one speech. He does cheat a bit, by stealing lines from the original "revelation" as Beale had earlier related it on his show.
16th Aug '16 12:06:54 AM WoozyJack
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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Laureen Hobbes, though she despises capitalist organizations, agrees to work with UBS to spread the communist message and get money for the party. By the end of the film, her group has become so intertwined with the network that it's hard to tell the two apart.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Laureen Hobbes, Hobbs, though she despises capitalist organizations, agrees to work with UBS to spread the communist Communist message and get money for the party.Party. By the end of the film, her group has become so intertwined with the network that it's hard to tell the two apart.



* TheSociopath: Considering it deals with network executives quite a few characters qualify, but none moreso than Diana.

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* TheSociopath: Considering it deals with network executives quite a few characters qualify, but none moreso more so than Diana.
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