Section: Close-up Sidney Lumet
Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Frank Hackett
Duration: 2h 2m
Country: United States
Howard Beale, a veteran newscaster, is informed by his ratings-driven network executives that he is about to be dumped because he "skews old" - in turn, he uses his next broadcast to announce that he is going to commit suicide on his final programme. An ambitious programming executive convinces her superiors to let the broadcast go ahead, hoping that the final event will give the network its greatest ratings ever.