History Trivia / Network

9th Dec '17 11:38:25 AM ClintEastwood
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* ActorAllusion: In the film, Max and Diana refer to their affair as "a many-splendored thing" - an inside joke, since Creator/WilliamHolden had starred in ''Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing'' (1955).

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* ActorAllusion: In the film, Max and Diana refer to their affair as "a many-splendored thing" - an inside joke, since Creator/WilliamHolden had starred in ''Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing'' (1955).''Film/LoveIsAManySplendoredThing''.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Although parts could just as easily apply to the present day. Many of the changes to the station in general and the news in particular were meant to be overblown exaggerations of then-current trends, now they're things that happened thirty years ago and standard industry practices (other than the open terrorist connections and assassination).

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Although parts could just as easily apply UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
** The film specifically dates itself
to the present day. Many 1975-76 television season by the reference to the assassination attempts against UsefulNotes/GeraldFord, as well as, more broadly, by its depiction of the changes to pre-cable television landscape (the fictional UBS network is portrayed as a second-string also-ran behind the station "Big Three" of Creator/{{CBS}}, Creator/{{NBC}}, and Creator/{{ABC}}) and an old-style TV newsroom in general the scenes before Howard Beale finally snaps. It also comes into play with the various outlandish TV shows that UBS creates afterwards, in a rare case of this trope causing ValuesResonance rather than ValuesDissonance. At the time, screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky (a veteran TV writer) intended the film as a satire of his experiences working in television, with Beale's fiery op-ed program and ''The Mao Tse-Tung Hour'' (following the escapades of a group of [[DirtyCommunists far-left]] WesternTerrorists based on the Symbionese Liberation Army, complete with [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed a parody of Patty Hearst]]) portrayed as the logical conclusion of the quest for {{ratings}} that he had witnessed. Modern viewers have often described the film as prophetic in its anticipation of both RealityTV and assorted PompousPoliticalPundit talk shows, and the news in particular were meant to be overblown exaggerations of then-current trends, now they're things effect that happened thirty years ago and standard industry practices (other than they had on the open terrorist connections and assassination). TV landscape.
8th Oct '17 6:01:04 PM MagBas
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* CommonKnowledge: It's often claimed that a young Creator/TimRobbins plays one of the assassins in the final scene. Robbins is on record denying this, but it's been propagated everywhere from [=IMDB=] to Turner Classic Movies.
17th Jul '17 3:12:48 PM ClintEastwood
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** Paddy Chayefsky wanted Creator/WalterMatthau or Creator/GeneHackman for Max Schumacher. Faye Dunaway wanted Creator/RobertMitchum for the part.

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** Paddy Chayefsky wanted Creator/WalterMatthau or Creator/GeneHackman for Max Schumacher. Faye Dunaway Creator/FayeDunaway wanted Creator/RobertMitchum for the part.
14th Apr '17 5:18:16 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* CommonKnowledge: It's often claimed that a young Tim Robbins plays one of the assassins in the final scene. Robbins is on record denying this, but it's been propagated everywhere from [=IMDB=] to Turner Classic Movies.

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* CommonKnowledge: It's often claimed that a young Tim Robbins Creator/TimRobbins plays one of the assassins in the final scene. Robbins is on record denying this, but it's been propagated everywhere from [=IMDB=] to Turner Classic Movies.
26th Feb '17 11:31:58 AM Kitchen90
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** Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky envisioned Creator/HenryFonda, Creator/JamesStewart, Creator/PaulNewman, or Creator/CaryGrant filling the role of Howard Beale. Glenn Ford, Creator/GeorgeCScott and Creator/GeneHackman also passed on it.

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** Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky envisioned Creator/HenryFonda, Creator/JamesStewart, Creator/PaulNewman, or Creator/CaryGrant filling the role of Howard Beale. Glenn Ford, Creator/GlennFord, Creator/GeorgeCScott and Creator/GeneHackman also passed on it.
13th Oct '16 9:55:30 PM mlsmithca
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* MagnumOpus: This was Creator/SidneyLumet's personal favourite of all the films he did.
9th Oct '16 10:24:35 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorAllusion: In the film, Max and Diana refer to their affair as "a many-splendored thing" - an inside joke, since Creator/WilliamHolden had starred in ''Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing'' (1955).


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* DoingItForTheArt: Peter Finch was desperate to win the role of Howard Beale once he had read the script. He even offered to pay his own airfare to New York for the screen test.


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* MagnumOpus: This was Creator/SidneyLumet's personal favourite of all the films he did.


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky envisioned Creator/HenryFonda, Creator/JamesStewart, Creator/PaulNewman, or Creator/CaryGrant filling the role of Howard Beale. Glenn Ford, Creator/GeorgeCScott and Creator/GeneHackman also passed on it.
** Creator/SidneyLumet claimed that he wanted to cast Creator/VanessaRedgrave in the film, but Paddy Chayefsky didn't want her. Lumet argued that he thought she was the greatest English-speaking actress in the world, while Chayefsky, a proud Jew and supporter of Israel, objected on the basis of her support of the PLO. Lumet, himself a Jew, said "Paddy, that's blacklisting!" to which Chayefsky replied, "Not when a Jew does it to a Gentile."
** Paddy Chayefsky wanted Creator/WalterMatthau or Creator/GeneHackman for Max Schumacher. Faye Dunaway wanted Creator/RobertMitchum for the part.
** Paddy Chayefsky thought of Candice Bergen, Ellen Burstyn, and Creator/NatalieWood for Diana Christensen. The studio also suggested Creator/JaneFonda, Kay Lenz, Diane Keaton, Marsha Mason, and Jill Clayburgh for the role.
9th Oct '16 10:13:44 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Amusingly, You can spot a young [[Series/LoisAndClark Perry White]] among UBS's news staff.
17th Sep '16 3:02:44 PM DrOO7
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** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: #64

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** AFIS100Years100Movies10ThAnniversaryEdition: AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #64
19th Apr '16 2:07:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy: The Great Ahmed Khan (Arthur Burghardt) later played Dr. Jack Scott on ''OneLifeToLive'' and is the voice of many animated and video game characters, including Destro in the original ''[[{{WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero}} G.I. Joe]]'' cartoon series, Turbo from ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGobots'', and [[{{VideoGame/Warcraft}} Grom Hellscream (at least in Warcraft III) and Mannoroth]].
** [[TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai Shears]] is running the news division, and sadly watching his friend [[TheFlightOfThePhoenix Captain Harris]] go around the bend. [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird Boo Radley]] is chairman of the board, with [[BonnieAndClyde Bonnie Parker]] in charge of the entertainment division, WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong ?
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