Great Movie Speeches: I’m Mad As Hell From Network
Network is a brilliant American Satirical film movie released in 1976 that portrays a television network cynically exploiting a deranged former anchor’s (Howard Beale in the movie) ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. The film won four Academy Awards, in the categories of Best Actor (Peter Finch for his portrayal of the deranged anchor Howard Beale), Best Actress (Faye Dunaway), Best Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight), and Best Original Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky).
Furthermore, the film was 64th among the 100 greatest American films as chosen by the American Film Institute in 2007. Not only that, Chayefsky’s script was voted one of the top-ten screenplays by the Writers Guild of America.
The film ends with the narrator’s stating: This was the story of Howard Beale, the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings.
The film’s famous speech, I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore, is referenced in media. Click here to watch Howard Beale’s outburst, I’m mad as hell, I can’t take this anymore.
Who says times have changed? While times have certainly changed and will always be changing the context of the I’m mad as hell speech doesn’t seem to have changed. If Howard Beale were alive today and were to give a speech, he would have given the same speech verbatim. Here’s the transcript of Howard Beale’s I’m mad as hell speech:
“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and out food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we re living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone. “Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, “I’m a Human Being, God damn it! My life has Value!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you go get up right now and go to the window. Open it, stick your head out, and yell, “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!” I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve got to get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this any more!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”