“Broadcast News” quotes

(1987)
Movie Broadcast News
James L. Brooks directed this movie in 1987
Title Broadcast News
Year 1987
Director James L. Brooks
Genre Drama, Comedy, Romance
Plot – Three passionate young journalists work for a Washington TV network and each of them has his own peculiarities. Jane Craig is not pretty but she is nice, strong-willed, energetic and a brilliant news-producer with uncommon managerial skills. Aaron Altman is a brilliant, precise, well-prepared professional but clumsy when appearing before the public. The third, Tom Grunick, is charming and laid back with colleagues and in front of the cameras, but he is ambitious, opportunistic and lacks cultural background. Among the three intertwine various relationships. Jane is a good friend of Aaron and they have had a good working relationship for a long time; both are professionally dissatisfied, but they share a sense of solidarity and a deep affection. Tom gets in between them, as he is attracted by Jane's extraordinary personality and apparent self-confidence, which he recognizes superior. He begins to court her, but she rejects him even if she feels a strange attraction for him.
All actors – William Hurt, Albert Brooks, Holly Hunter, Robert Prosky, Lois Chiles, Joan Cusack, Peter Hackes, Christian Clemenson, Jack Nicholson, Robert Katims, Ed Wheeler, Stephen Mendillo
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  • “- Paul Moore: It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you're the smartest person in the room.
    - Jane Craig: No. It's awful.”

    Peter Hackes - Paul Moore
    Holly Hunter - Jane Craig
  • “- Aaron Altman: I just wanna be alone this time.
    - Ernie Merriman: It's ok. I'll go with you.
    - Aaron Altman: Thanks.”

    Albert Brooks - Aaron Altman
    Robert Prosky - Ernie Merriman
  • “Just remember that you're not just reading the news, you're narrating it. Everybody has to sell a little. You're selling them this idea of you, you know, you're sort of saying, trust me I'm, um, credible. So when you feel yourself just reading, stop! Startselling a little.”

    William Hurt - Tom Grunick
  • Here's a tough ethical one. Would you tell a source that you loved them? Just to get some information?”
    Robert Katims - Martin Klein
  • “- Bill Rorish: This is a brutallayoff. And all because they couldn't program Wednesday nights.
    - Paul Moore: You can make it less brutal by knocking a million or so off your salary... Bad joke, I'm sorry.”

    Jack Nicholson - Bill Rorish
    Peter Hackes - Paul Moore
    [Tag:layoff, money]
  • “- Paul Moore: If there's anything I can do for you...
    - Employee: Well, I certainly hope you'll die soon.”

    Peter Hackes - Paul Moore
    [Tag:anger, layoff]
  • “- Aaron: They allow us to have cameras at an execution in Florida. Do you broadcast tape of the guy in the chair when they turn on the voltage?
    - Martin Klein: Sure.
    - Jennifer Mack: Why not?
    - Ernie Merriman: Absolutely.
    - Aaron: Nothing like wrestling with a moral dilemma, is there?”

    Albert Brooks - Aaron Altman
    Robert Katims - Martin Klein
    Lois Chiles - Jennifer Mack
    Robert Prosky - Ernie Merriman
  • “If anything happens to me, you tell every woman I've ever gone out with I was talking about her at the end. That way they'll have to reevaluate me.”
    Albert Brooks - Aaron Altman
    [Tag:opinions, women]
  • Wouldn't this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive? If "needy" were a turn-on?
    Albert Brooks - Aaron Altman
    [Tag:feeling, weakness]
  • “- Blair Litton: You think anyone who's proud of the work we do is an ass-kisser.
    - Aaron Altman: No, I think anyone who puckers up their lips and presses it against their bosses buttocks and then smooches is an ass-kisser.”

    Joan Cusack - Blair Litton
    Albert Brooks - Aaron Altman
    [Tag:behavior, pride]
  • “- Aaron Altman: I started to think about the one thing that makes me feel really good and makes immediate sense... and it's you.
    - Jane Craig: Oh, Bubba.
    - Aaron Altman: I'm going to stop right now. Except that I would give anything if you were two people, so that I could call up the one who's my friend and tell her about the one that I like so...” (continue)
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    Albert Brooks - Aaron Altman
    Holly Hunter - Aaron Altman
  • “Except for socially, you're my role model.”

    Joan Cusack - Blair Litton
  • Six years from now I'll be back here with my wife and two kids. And I'll see you and one of my kids will say, "Daddy, who is that?". And I'll say "It's not nice to point at single fat women".
    Albert Brooks - Aaron Altman
  • “He will be attractive! He'll be nice and helpful. He'll get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation. He'll never do an evil thing! He'll never deliberately hurt a living thing... he will just bit by little bit lower our standards where they are important. Just a tiny little bit. Just coax along flash over substance. Just a tiny...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Albert Brooks - Aaron Altman
  • “- Jane Craig: You like me, huh?
    - Tom Grunick: I like you as much as I can like anyone who thinks I'm an asshole.”

    Holly Hunter - Jane Craig
    William Hurt - Tom Grunick
  • “I think we have the kind of friendship where if I were the devil, you'd be the only one I would tell.”
    Albert Brooks - Aaron Altman
  • “- Tom Grunick: What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?
    - Aaron Altman: Keep it to yourself.”

    William Hurt - Tom Grunick
    Albert Brooks - Aaron Altman
    [Tag:dreams, reality]
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