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William Hurt
Director: James L. Brooks Cast: William Hurt
William Hurt
, Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
, Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
James L. Brooks

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Writer/director/producer James L. Brooks scores on all counts with this clear-eyed look at the television news business and the dysfunctional types who work in it. Brooks' intelligent script introduces us to Jane Craig (Holly Hunter), an ambitious producer at the network news division's Washington D.C. branch, who is calm under fire yet has a good cry at her desk every morning over her empty personal life. Jane works well with Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks), an excellent reporter who lacks the visual charisma to make him a star. Into their lives comes Tom Grunick (William Hurt), a regional newscaster who admits he can't write news and doesn't understand many of the events he's covering, but has the presence and physical appeal that the increasingly entertainment-oriented network wants for its news programs. Jane is also physically attracted to him, which drives her crazy, because Grunick stands for everything she's fighting against in the news business, while Altman is devastated by her attraction because he secretly yearns for Jane. As Grunick becomes a rising star at the network, and layoffs of the old guard loom, the three leads deal with their feelings for each other, their careers, and their values. Hunter, Hurt, and Brooks are all superb, as is the excellent supporting cast (including an unbilled turn by Jack Nicholson as the network's smarmy national anchor). Brooks' script is funny, poignant, gritty, and brutally honest in its examinations of the television industry and the ways in which professionals interact on and off the job.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
UPC: 0715515066617
Original Release: 1987
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 2:12:00
Sales rank: 3,306

Special Features

New, restored high-definiton digital transfer, supervised and approved by director James L. Brooks and editor Richard Marks, with DTS-HD master audio soundtrack; New audio commentary featuring Brooks and Marks; James L. Brooks-A Singular Voice, a new documentary on Brook's career in television and film, featuring actresses Marilu Henner and Julie Kavner, among other collaborators; Alternate ending and deleted scenes, with commentary by Brooks; New video interview with CBS veteran news producer Susan Zirinsky, one of the models for actress Holly Hunter's character and an associate producer on the film; Feaurette containing on-set footage and interviews with Brooks, Hunter and actor Albert Brooks; Original theatrical trailer; A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Carrie Rickey

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hurt Tom Grunick
Albert Brooks Aaron Altman
Holly Hunter Jane Craig
Robert Prosky Ernie Merriman
Lois Chiles Jennifer Mack
Joan Cusack Blair Litton
Jack Nicholson Bill Rorich
Peter Hackes Paul Moore
Christian Clemenson Bobby
Robert Katims Martin Klein
Ed Wheeler George Wein
Ellen Chenoweth Actor
Maura Moynihan Makeup Woman
Stephen Mendillo Gerald Grunick
Kimber Shoop Young Tom
Dwayne Markee Young Aaron
Gennie James Young Jane
Amy Brooks Elli Merriman
Jane Welch Anne Merriman
Jonathan Benya Clifford Altman
Frank Doubleday Mercenary
Luis Valderrama Guerilla Leader
Richard Thomsen Gen. McGuire
Nat Benchley Commander
David Long Donny
Joshua Billings Chyron Operator
Raoul Rizik Assistant Director
Marc Shaiman News Theme Writer
Steve Smith Aaron's Cameraman
Robert Walsh NATO Spokesman
John Cusack Angry Messenger
John Badila Guest at Ball
Stuart Pankin Actor
Martha Smith Actor
Leo Burmeister Jane's Dad
Marita Geraghty Date-Rape Woman

Technical Credits
James L. Brooks Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Yudi Bennett Asst. Director
Jane Bogart Set Decoration/Design
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Bill Conti Score Composer
Penney Finkelman Cox Co-producer
Michael Gore Score Composer
Jery Hewitt Stunts
David Lester Production Designer
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Marks Editor
Richard Marks Editor
Polly Platt Executive Producer
David Rawlins Editor
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Kristi Zea Art Director,Associate Producer

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