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Released 1976
Distributor MGM

One of the most prescient and corrosive satires ever filmed, Paddy Chayefsky’s Oscar-winning screenplay is brilliantly realized by director Sidney Lumet, with an exceptional cast at its collective best. Stunningly transgressive in 1976, today it plays like a documentary and the bizarre programming on the fictional UBS Network looks positively classical compared to what we’re assaulted with now. Ned Beatty’s mid-film rant that “the world is a business” plays more chillingly than ever.

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About Chris Wilkinson

Christopher Wilkinson only works in the movie business to support his music habit — so many guitars, so little time. His screenwriting credits include Nixon, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, Ali, starring Will Smith, Copying Beethoven, which he also produced, and was a writer and executive producer on both Pawn Sacrifice and Miles Ahead. In addition, he wrote and directed the PBS documentary, Virtuosity.