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Good campy fun from the combined talents of Paddy Chayefsky and Sidney Lumet; Chayefsky was apparently serious about much of this shrill, self-important 1976 satire about television, interlaced with bile about radicals and pushy career women, and so were some critics at the time. Peter Finch, in his last performance, effectively plays a network news commentator who blows his top and his mind on the air and quickly becomes a self-styled messiah; William Holden plays the wizened TV executive who has the Truth, which pushy, nihilistic program director Faye Dunaway wants; and Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, and Beatrice Straight are around for comparably juicy hyperbole.

Credits

Director:

  • Sidney Lumet

Cast:

  • Faye Dunaway
  • Peter Finch
  • William Holden
  • Robert Duvall
  • Beatrice Straight
  • Wesley Addy
  • Ned Beatty
  • Arthur Burghardt
  • Bill Burrows
  • John Carpenter
  • Jordan Charney

Writer:

  • Paddy Chayefsky

Producer:

  • Howard Gottfried

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