Trivia / Network

  • Actor Allusion: In the film, Max and Diana refer to their affair as "a many-splendored thing" - an inside joke, since William Holden had starred in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955).
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The actual line from Howard Beale's rant is "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Often misquoted as "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" Also, Beale doesn't shout it out the window; only his viewers do, although their wording differs slightly... which makes this case of Beam Me Up, Scotty! understandable.
  • Doing It for the Art: 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.
  • Fake American: Australian Peter Finch as Howard Beale.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: 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).
    • The movie's whole message of television and corporations as these amoral, unstoppable and dehumanizing things is kind of a 1970s thing. To be sure, private media conglomerates and ratings-chasing are still things, but nowadays it's more straightforward profiteering and yellow journalism. In other words, whereas Diane ruins media because she's a soulless automaton, Rupert Murdoch does it because he likes money.
  • What Could Have Been...:
    • Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky envisioned Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Paul Newman, or Cary Grant filling the role of Howard Beale. Glenn Ford, George C. Scott and Gene Hackman also passed on it.
    • Sidney Lumet claimed that he wanted to cast Vanessa Redgrave 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 Walter Matthau or Gene Hackman for Max Schumacher. Faye Dunaway wanted Robert Mitchum for the part.
    • Paddy Chayefsky thought of Candice Bergen, Ellen Burstyn, and Natalie Wood for Diana Christensen. The studio also suggested Jane Fonda, Kay Lenz, Diane Keaton, Marsha Mason, and Jill Clayburgh for the role.

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