Cast and Crew: Sidney Lumet (Director); Paddy Chayefsky (Screenplay); Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty
What It’s About: Network news anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) has a mental breakdown live on air-and ratings only increase. The aging head of the news division, Max Schumacher (William Holden) tries to protect his friend-and his network’s integrity-but the vice president in charge of programming, Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) sees only an opportunity…
Why Watch it Today?: Faye Dunaway, who turns 73 today, turns in one of her great performances in today’s movie, which seems to become only more relevant every passing year.
Other Choices: Dunaway is amazing as the mysterious Evelyn Mulwray in Chinatown and fiendishly devious as the Lady De Winter in The Three and Four Musketeers. You can also see Dunaway in the unusual, if not quite successful, thriller directed from John Carpenter’s script, The Eyes of Laura Mars.