There are seemingly endless riches in NETWORK from Paddy Chayevsky's eerily prescient screenplay to Sidney Lumet's crisp direction to an astonishing cast who give some of their greatest performances. Following an opportunistic network executive (a ferocious, Oscar-winning Faye Dunaway) who decides to take advantage of the ratings potential of one of her anchor's (an Oscar-winning Peter Finch) mental declines, NETWORK depicts and predicts the sensationalization of network news. The iconic line, "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" became a rallying cry for a post-Vietnam and Watergate nation when the film hit screens in 1976, and while NETWORK spoke to audiences at the time of its release, the film's most impressive feat is that, over 45 years later, it still feels as fresh and timely as ever.
Alan Heim is a film editor best known for editing ALL THAT JAZZ (Oscar win), NETWORK (Oscar nom.), LENNY, and STAR 80, among many others. ALL THAT JAZZ was voted as the fourth best-edited film of all time by MPEG.