Movie Quote of the Day – Network, 1976 (dir. Sidney Lumet)

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, and there’s nobody anywhere who knows what to do and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. We sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had 15 homicides and 63 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 any more. We sit in the house, and the world we live in is getting smaller. 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 going to 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 don’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression, 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 gotta say “I’m a human being, goddammit! 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 to get up right now and go to the window, open it and stick your head out and yell “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any more!”

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Posted on January 30, 2011, in Movie Quote of the Day and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Wonderful… and now is this timely or timeless LOL

  2. I just watched this last night thanks to the Sidney Lumet tribute on TCM. it was fantastic! this speech is absolutely brilliant. it’s amazing how the film has stayed so relevant today. and such strong performances!

    • amazing and also pathetic, the fact that people dont realize the problem is alll of it, they can make a hundred movies about how bad the world is, but everyone has been forced to love it, and need it..stockholms syndrome can be diagnosed for 90 percent of americans…

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