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"Broadcast News" - Bits and Soundbites
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"In this 1987 classic film, the movie focuses on the ethics and mores in broadcast journalism, specifically news reporting and writing. Take a journey back with me and let's explore the scenes and sounds of this great film."
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The first scene in the movie takes us to a particular day in the life of one of the major characters, as a young boy. The scene takes place in 1963 Kansas City, Missouri. The young boy is riding in a truck with his father. What kind of truck is it and what is the young boy's father's profession.
dry cleaning truck, dry cleaner
postal truck, postman
restaurant supply truck, restaurant supply salesman
milk truck, milkman
The two scenes following the introduction of young Tom Grunick are revelations about the other two primary characters the movie focuses on. The last names of the characters are Altman and Craig. Can you provide the first names of the characters, played by Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter, respectively?
Jesse and Joyce
Geoffrey and Linda
Joe and Martha
Aaron and Jane
When Aaron delivers his speech as valedictorian of his high school, what does he say at the end of the speech that angers his classmates, who then beat him up?
I'm smarter than all of you combined.
I thank you and I forgive you.
Thank goodness my high school years will soon be history.
Thanks for all your kindness--NOT!
In their first telephone conversation before they board the bus to the broadcast news conference/seminar, Jane Craig and Aaron Altman discuss current events. Altman is watching an interview from a man that says, "he is making $3 million a movie now and he is no different than when he was making $2 million a movie. He feels no different." Who is the man in the interview?
After Jane Craig delivers her speech to her communication peers, as they begin to empty the room rapidly, she realizes her speech is a bomb. What is the last visual film reel she uses to attempt to keep her audience in their seats?
an aerobics and dance competition with The Bangles' music in the background
an extreme domino maze, with fireworks, smoke and cheers from the crowd
a circus trapeze act performed without a net
a Las Vegas showgirls act with girls hanging from the ceiling
After her speech, Holly Hunter's Jane Craig is sitting dazed in her chair on stage, trying to think through what just happened. At this point William Hurt's Tom Grunick walks into the auditorium and compliments her on how great she was. Craig says, "They hated me. I don't hate them," to which Grunick replies, "well they say that if you can reach even one person, it means something. And you did that." What does Jane Craig do next?
she asks Tom to have dinner with her
she asks Tom if he is married
she asks Tom to marry her
she asks Tom to join her network news team
After Jane's lecture about "doing something" makes Tom get up and leave the discussion he and Jane are having, Aaron calls Jane and Jane fills him in on how she is beginning to "repel people I am trying to attract." After hanging up with Aaron, the phone rings again. Jane thinks it's Aaron calling back, but it is Tom calling. What does Tom tell Jane that sets the tone for the next few scenes of the film?
Tom tells Jane that he will be the new face of the news at her network.
Tom tells Jane that he has accepted a sportscasting position with her network and he might be seeing her around.
Tom tells Jane that he has accepted a reporting job with her network and he will be seeing her at work.
Tom tells Jane that he is going to be her new intern and he will see her at work.
Who plays the female reporter that competes with Jane for Tom's affections?
What prolific actress excelled in the role of Blair Litton, the associate producer character? She is famous for her physically challenging comedic run with the newsreel to the airing room after Craig waits until the last minute to finish production on the reel?
When Ernie Merriman, the news network's executive producer, played by Robert Prosky, informs Aaron that his job might be at risk with the network reorganization, Aaron handles the information by taking a walk outside. What does Ernie say to Aaron?
Okay, I'll give you a minute or two.
Okay, but remember you still work here.
Fine. I'll be here when you get back.
I'll go with you.
Bill Rorich is played by an American actor known for leading characters rather than supporting roles. Rorich says to Jane during the airing of the film report on Nicaragua, "You always want to give the credit away, don't you," when Jane tries to share the credit with Aaron Altman, who was with Jane in Nicaragua. Who plays Bill Rorich in "Broadcast News"?
What happens to Aaron the night of his attempt at anchoring the news?
He won a Pulitzer Prize for a story he wrote, reported and edited on the newscast.
He was so great that he won the role of anchor away from Grunick.
He breaks out in a sweat so bad people called worried he was having a heart attack.
He was such a success two other networks called to hire him.
What makes Jane Craig decide that she cannot fly with Tom for a vacation before they begin their new assignments?
She realizes that Tom has done a reel cutaway to his face, while he cries crocodile tears for his news report on date rape.
Jane realizes that Tom's move to London will keep her from seeing him, something she decides she cannot handle.
Jane realizes that Tom really has feelings for Jennifer and can't continue the relationship.
Jane catches Tom kissing two other women after she agrees to go on vacation with him.
As the movie concludes, Tom Grunick is giving a speech after being named evening news anchor, and he informs them he turned down the offer of content editor because others were more qualified and if not everyone was in trouble. Aaron and his son were waiting for Tom outside. What is Aaron's son's name?
There are so many great and memorable lines from the movie. My favorite is what Blair Litton (Joan Cusack) says to Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) after she learns she has been fired. Do you remember what she said?
I think I am going to be an actress now.
I'm going to become a comedian now. To laugh again.
Except for socially, you're my role model.
Call me sometime and we'll have lunch and laugh about this.
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Compiled Jun 28 12