Director: Sidney Lumet
Writer: Paddy Chayefsky
Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty, Beatrice Straight
Music: Elliot Lawrence
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Finch), Best Actress (Dunaway) and Best Supporting Actress (Straight); Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Holden), Best Supporting Actor (Beatty), Best Cinematography and Best Editing; currently #227 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a television network keeps a disgruntled news anchor on the air as he loses his mind
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), May 2008
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for cinematography and music) c. 3.4/4 (Very good).
Hilarious, bizarre, dramatic… Mostly, just plain awesome.