Powerfull speech about Television and media.

TBK Edit of "We're in a lot of Trouble!" speech given by the character
Howard Beale from the movie Network (1976) written by Paddy Chayefsky.

George Ruddy died today! Edward George Ruddy was the Chairman of the
Board of the Union Broadcasting Systems and he died at eleven o'clock
this morning of a heart condition! And woe is us! We're in a lot of
trouble! So, a rich little man with white hair died. What does that got
to do with the price of rice, right? And why is that woe to us? Because
you people and sixty-two million other Americans are listening to me
right now. Because less than three percent of you people read books.
Because less than fifteen percent of you read newspapers. Because the
only truth you know is what you get over this tube. Right now, there is a
whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn't come
out of this tube. This tube is the Gospel. The ultimate revelation! This
tube can make or break Presidents, Popes, Prime Ministers. This tube is
the most awesome, god-damn force in the whole godless world. And woe is
us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people. And that's why
woe is us that Edward George Ruddy died.

Because this company is
now in the hands of CCA, the Communication Corporation of America.
There's a new chairman of the board, a man called Frank Hackett sitting
in Mr. Ruddy's office on the 20th floor. And when the twelfth largest
company in the world controls the most awesome, god-damn propaganda
force in the whole godless world, who knows what s—t will be peddled for
truth on this network.

So, you listen to me. Listen to me!
Television is not the truth. Television's a god-damned amusement park.
Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats,
storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers,
and football players. We're in the boredom-killing business. So if you
want the Truth, go to God! Go to your gurus. Go to yourselves! Because
that's the only place you're ever gonna find any real truth. But, man,
you're never gonna get any truth from us. We'll tell you anything you
wanna hear. We lie like hell. We'll tell you that, uh, Kojak always gets
the killer and that nobody ever gets cancer at Archie Bunker's house.
And no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don't worry. Just look at
your watch. At the end of the hour, he's gonna win. We'll tell you any
s—t you want to hear.

We deal in illusions, man. None of it is
true! But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all
ages, colors, creeds. We're all you know. You're beginning to believe
the illusions we're spinning here. You're beginning to think that the
tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the
tube tells you. You dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you
raise your children like the tube. You even think like the tube. This is
mass madness. You maniacs. In God's name, you people are the real
thing. We are the illusion. So turn off your television sets. Turn them
off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off. Turn
them off right in the middle of this sentence I am speaking to you now.
Turn them off!"

Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by Howard Gottfried and Fred C. Caruso
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
Narrated by - Lee Richardson
Starring - Faye Dunaway - William Holden - Peter Finch - Robert Duvall
Music by Elliot Lawrence
Cinematography by Owen Roizman
Editing by Alan Heim
Studio - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
November 27, 1976(US)