Broadcast News Sound Clips

Broadcast News

Director: James L. Brooks

Starring: William Hurt, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks

With: Joan Cusack, Jack Nicholson, Robert Prosky

Run Time: 132 (mins) Released: 1987

Summary: a handsome if hollow anchorman, a sexy, overachieving producer and a stolid, camera-shy reporter make for a chaotic lovers triangle in this smart and sensitive comedy about misplaced love. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Actor--William Hurt, Best Actress--Holly Hunter, Best Supporting Actor--Albert Brooks, Best (Original) Screenplay--James L. Brooks.


Broadcast News is possibly one the most cleverly written films ever.


Here's a smattering of excerpts:  

Moral_Dilemma.wav (308k) "...Nothing like wrestling with a moral dilemma, is there?"

Inside.wav (268k) "Having you inside my head... It was like great sex!"

not_educated.wav (100k) It $pays$ to be not well educated in TV news!

BNtheme.wav (1.5MB) The Broadcast NewsTheme (1min 10sec)

Ledition.wav (1.2MB) L'edition Speciale - Albert Brooks singing in French

I get a lot of questions about this clip... The singer is Francis Cabrel and it can be found on the album Quelqu'un de l'interieur. The lyrics can be found at: EDITION SPECIALE

22PeopleDead.wav (90k) "...I wish I were one of them"

Nixonsweat.wav (30k) "This is more than Nixon ever sweated"

OrgansShifting.wav (210k) Jane feeling the ultimate empathy

EarlyRetirement.wav (210k) Something you'd love to say to your boss!!! - "I certainly hope you'll die soon."

permission.wav (90k) "Just what do you want from me? Permission to be a fake..."

FuckFuck.wav (90k) Slow news day.

DeadLump.wav (240k) Jane tries a very strange approach to seducion.

Feelingbad_worse.wav (60k) one of the most confusing lines from the film from the poor confused mind of Tom

repel.wav (540k) one of my favorite exchanges in the film - amazingly acted by Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks: "I am beginning to repel people I'm trying to seduce" . . . "wouldn't this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive, if 'needy ' were a turn on."

place.wav (60k) "I'll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time."

Prick.wav (90k) ...but in a good way

bigjoke.wav (60k) kids say the darndest things

Allit.wav (164k) "Awful lot of alliteration from anxious anchors placed in powerful posts"

Knowbet.wav (441k) Holly Hunter knows that it isn't great to always be the smartest person in the room.

MemCab.wav (673k) Can you name all 12 ? There's only 10 :-)

noidea.wav (172k) DO IT, or I'll fry your Fat Ass

Reallife.wav (74k) "What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?"/ / "Keep it to yourself."

laugh.wav (170k) a clever act

Twopeople.wav (350k) If only you were two people...

therace.wav (400k) We're not going to make it... (famous scene of tape dubbing at the last minute followed by Joan Cusak's famous run through the office)

TheDevil.wav (1.8MB- This is "The Scene" it may take time to down load but it's worth it) Albert Brooks describes what/who the Devil _really_ is.

Asskisser.wav (300k) pucker up

CrossLine.wav (100k) "...They keep moving the little sucker."

DiddlingMe.wav (300k) Always look to see who else is in the room, before you curse someone out.

RoleModel.wav (100k) Except for socially

Catchup.wav (380k) Tom needs a minute to catch up.

Clean and pretty.wav (213k) Tom's attempt at flattery; it's a good thing he's good looking.

Inside Energy.wav (216k) "...and I'm wondering what it be like to be inside all that energy." (a much better line for the ladies)

Not Some Chore.wav (129k) "Jane, I am not some chore that you have to finish so you can stay on schedule."

pick your brain.wav (18k) you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can't pick - oops, sorry, wrong shtick.

NewsTheme.wav (453k) ...da da da da da da da da da da da Big Finish! Da da da da!


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Hey, check out these links:

Unofficial Albert Brooks Page

IMDb Broadcast News Info Page




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