Number of Times Seen – 2 (22 Aug 2004 and 22 Nov 2015)
Brief Synopsis – The story of how CNN became the only news outlet to report on the bombing of Baghdad during the First Gulf War from the city itself and how it made the network an overnight juggernaut.
My Take on it – I love it when a movie is able to transport me back in time to a red letter day in history that I was present for.
This movie does just that. I was 17 when the First Gulf War broke out and I remember listening live on CNN to the very interesting reporting by John Holliman, Bernard Shaw and Peter Arnett as they described to the entire world what was happening during the US bombing of Baghdad.
This movie tells how those events came to be and they do is so well.
The cast here is amazing with Michael Keaton and Helena Bodham Carter leading the way as producers reporting from an imminent battlezone.
This story is told in a great way and it’s always nice to see how history was made.
This movie was made ten years after the events depicted and it is 13 more years since then, but one thing that has been a constant for decades is the power of the media to tell us a story and this is one of those great moments.
Bottom Line – Such a powerful story told so well. Excellent cast led by Keaton and Bonham Carter. Loved the way they showed how a fledgling network was able to outdo the main networks. A lot has changed in 25 years, but the power of the media still remains a constant. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dustin Hoffman stated in a 1994 interview with Larry King that he was set to play Robert Wiener in this movie, directed by Barry Levinson. He also said that Levinson was considering Jeff Goldblum for the part of Peter Arnett. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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