Broadcast News – Literary Elements

Take two rival TV reporters: one handsome, one talented, both male. Add one producer, female. Mix well and watch the sparks fly.

1.0) What is the point of view of the movie?

2.0) What is the plot of the movie?

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3.0) Describe the following characters using the Fox Character Analysis Pyramid which includes name/title, physical appearance, personality, character’s role, character’s problems/challenges, major accomplishments, cultural context, and world view.


3.1) William Hurt as Tom Grunick

1 William Hurt as Tom Grunick

Is William Hurt a leading man?

Did Tom do the right thing by filming the tears after the conversation with the rape victim?

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3.2) Albert Brooks as Aaron Altman

2 Albert Brooks as Aaron Altman

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Is Albert Brooks a character actor?

3.3) Holly Hunter as Jane Craig

3 Holly Hunter as Jane Craig


Who is more likeable Tom, Aaron or Jane and why?

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Put Tom, Aaron and Jane in the correct quadrant below:

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4.0) What is the theme of the movie?

5.0) What is the setting of the movie?  How important is the setting?

6.0) What is the genre of the movie?

7.0) Does the movie have any cultural lessons?

8.0) What are the conflicts of the movie?

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