Monday, August 17, 2009

Monday morning: "Boss, I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

Howard Beale (Peter Finch) delivering his "mad as hell" speach.

Good Day Readers:

Found this clip posted by The Public Eye on Truth To Power from the movie Newwork. What a perfect line to tell your boss on a Monday morning.

Clare L. Pieuk
Network is a 1976 satirical film about a fictional television network, Union Broadcasting System and its struggle with poor ratings starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall.

The story opens with long-time "UBS Evening News" anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) being fired because of the show's low ratings. He has two more weeks on the air, but the following night, Beale announces on live television that he will commit suicide by shooting himself in the head during an upcoming live broadcast.

UBS immediately fires him after this incident, but they let him back on the air, ostensibly for a dignified farewell, with persuasion from Beale's best friend and president of the News division, Max Schumacher (William Holden), the network's old guard news editor. Beale promises that he will apologize for his outburst, but instead rants about how life is "bullshit," which he utters repeatedly. While there are serious repercussions, the program's ratings soar and, much to Schumacher's dismay, the upper echelons of UBS decide to exploit Beale's antics rather than pulling him off the air.

In one impassioned diatribe, Beale galvanizes the nation with his rant, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" and persuades Americans to shout out their windows during a spectacular lightning storm. Soon Beale is hosting a new program called The Howard Beale Show, top-billed as a "mad prophet of the airways." Ultimately, the show becomes the highest rated (Robert Duvall's character calls it "a big, fat, big-titted hit!") program on television, and Beale finds new celebrity preaching his angry message in front of a live audience that, on cue, repeats the Beale's marketed catchphrase en masse. His new set is lit by blue spotlights and an enormous stained-glass window, supplemented with segments featuring astrology, gossip, opinion polls, and yellow journalism.


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