Broadcast News

Broadcast News (1987)

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Tom Granick: It's amazing who's here.
Jane Craig: Who?
Tom Granick: Me.

Aaron Altman: The pointers were great, I'll study the tape.
Tom Granick: 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! Start selling a little.

Aaron Altman: 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.

Tom Granick: It's not that I'm down on myself. Trust me. I stink.

Aaron Altman: I think we have the kind of friendship where if I were the devil, you'd be the only one I would tell.

Aaron Altman: And in the middle of all this, 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 much.

Jane Craig: I-I can't help you. Sorry, I'm not here to teach remedial reporting.

Aaron Altman: Sorry... sex, tears... this must be the news.

Aaron Altman: And if things had gone differently for me tonight, then I probably wouldn't be saying any of this. I grant you everything. But give me this: He personifies everything that you've been fighting against. And I'm in love with you. How do you like that? I buried the lede.

Aaron Altman: 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.

Aaron Altman: Ok, I'll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time.

Aaron: I say it here, it comes out there.

Aaron: Here's a good one. 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.
George Wein: You bet.
Aaron: Nothing like wrestling with a moral dilemma, is there?

Martin Klein: OK. What about this? Here's a tough ethical one. Would you tell a source that you loved them? Just to get some information?
Aaron Altman: Yes.
George Wein: Yes.
Ernie Merriman: Me too.
Jennifer Mack: Sure.
George Wein: You bet.
Aaron Altman: Jennifer didn't know there was an alternative.

Jane Craig: People called in complaining about your sweating?
Aaron Altman: No, nice calls, worried that I was having a heart attack.

Jane Craig: No, no, no it wasn't just the speech, the same thing happened with this guy. I have passed some line, some place. I am beginning to repel people I'm trying to seduce.
Aaron Altman: He must've been great looking.
Jane Craig: Why do you say that?
Aaron Altman: Because nobody invites a bad looking idiot up to their bedroom.

Jane Craig: Just what do you want from me anyway, permission to be a fake? Stop whining.

Aaron Altman: Let's never forget, we're the real story, not them.

Continuity mistake: When the William Hurt character is talking to Holly Hunter after her boring lecture, the first shot (from behind Hurt) shows him walking backwards while talking to Hunter. As he continues to walk, he comes perilously close to banging his head on an archway. Yet, on the reverse angle, Hurt has been repositioned about five feet from where he was.

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