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Director: Sidney Lumet (Dir)
Release Date:   1976
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles and New York openings: 14 Nov 1976
Duration (in mins):   121
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Cast:   Faye Dunaway (Diana Christensen)  
    William Holden (Max Schumacher)  
    Peter Finch (Howard Beale)  
    Robert Duvall (Frank Hackett)  
  co-starring Wesley Addy (Nelson Chaney)  
  co-starring Ned Beatty (Arthur Jensen)  
  co-starring Jordan Charney (Harry Hunter)  
  co-starring Conchata Ferrell (Barbara Schlesinger)  
  co-starring Darryl Hickman (Bill Herron)  
  co-starring Roy Poole (Sam Haywood)  
  co-starring William Prince (Edward George Ruddy)  
  co-starring Beatrice Straight (Louise Schumacher)  
  co-starring Marlene Warfield (Laureen Hobbs)  
    Arthur Burghardt (Great Ahmed Kahn)  
    Bill Burrows (TV director)  
    John Carpenter (George Bosch)  
    Kathy Cronkite (Mary Ann Gifford)  
    Ed Crowley (Joe Donnelly)  
    Jerome Dempsey (Walter C. Amundsen)  
    Gene Gross (Milton K. Steinman)  
    Stanley Grover (Jack Snowden)  
    Cindy Grover (Caroline Schumacher)  
    Mitchell Jason (Arthur Zangwill)  
    Paul Jenkins (TV stage manager)  
    Ken Kercheval (Merrill Grant)  
    Kenneth Kimmins (Associate producer)  
    Lynn Klugman (TV Production Assistant)  
    Carolyn Krigbaum (Max's Secretary)  
    Zane Lasky (Audio Man)  
    Michael Lipton (Tommy Pellegrino)  
    Michael Lombard (Willie Stein)  
    Pirie MacDonald (Herb Thackery)  
    Bernard Pollock (Lou)  
    Sasha von Scherler (Helen Miggs)  
    Lane Smith (Robert McDonough)  
    Theodore Sorel (Giannini)  
    Fred Stuthman (Mosaic Figure)  
    Cameron Thomas (TV Technical Director)  
    Lydia Wilen (Hunter's Secretary)  
    Lee Richardson (Narrator)  


Production Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.  
Production Text: A Howard Gottfried - Paddy Chayefsky Production
Distribution Company: United Artists Corp. (Transamerica Corp.)
Director: Sidney Lumet (Dir)
  Jay Allan Hopkins (1st asst dir)
  Ralph Singleton (2d asst dir)
Producer: Howard Gottfried (Prod)
  Fred Caruso (Assoc prod)
Writer: Paddy Chayefsky (by)
Photography: Owen Roizman A.S.C. (Dir of photog)
  Fred Schuler (Cam op)
  Tom Priestley, Jr. (Asst cam)
  Gary Muller (2d asst cam)
  Michael Ginsburg (Still photog)
  Kenneth Goss (Key grip)
  Norman Leigh (Gaffer)
Art Direction: Philip Rosenberg (Prod des)
Film Editor: Alan Heim (Ed)
  Michael Jacobi (Asst ed)
Set Decoration: Edward Stewart (Set dec)
  Conrad Brink (Prop master)
Costumes: Theoni V. Aldredge (Cost des)
  George Newman (Costumer)
  Marilyn Putnam (Costumer)
Music: Elliot Lawrence (Orig mus comp and cond)
Sound: Jack Fitzstephens (Sd ed)
  Sanford Rackow (Sd ed)
  Mark M. Laub (Sd ed)
  Dick Vorisek (Re-rec)
  James Sabat (Sd mixer)
Special Effects: Steve Rutt/EUE Video Services (U.B.S. video logo by)
Make Up: Lee Harman (Ms. Dunaway's make-up)
  John Alese (Makeup artist)
  Phil Leto (Hairstylist)
Production Misc: Juliet Taylor /MDA (Casting)
  Kay Chapin (Scr supv)
  John Starke (Loc coordinator)
  Connie Schoenberg (Office coordinator)
  Selma Brown (Prod auditor)
  Todd-Champion, Ltd. (Extra casting)
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. & United Artists Corp. 14/11/1976 dd/mm/yyyy LP46818

PCA NO: 24546
Physical Properties: Sd:
  col: Prints in Metrocolor
  Widescreen/ratio: 1.85:1
  Lenses: Filmed in Pavavision

Genre: Comedy-drama

Note: Network was ranked 64th on AFI's 2007 100 Years…100 Movies--10th Anniversary Edition list of the greatest American films moving up from the 66th position it held on AFI's 1997 list. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Hollywood Reporter   12 Oct 1976   p. 1, 3.
Los Angeles Times   14 Nov 1976   Calendar, p. 1.
New Republic   3 Nov 1976   pp. 22-23.
New York Times   15 Nov 1976   p. 39.
New Yorker   6 Dec 1976   pp. 177-80.
Newsweek   22 Nov 1976   p. 107.
Rolling Stone   16 Dec 1976   p. 41.
Saturday Review   13 Nov 1976   p. 44.
Time   29 Nov 1976   p. 79.
Variety   13 Oct 1976   p. 22.
Village Voice   29 Nov 1976   p. 53.

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