I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.
The definitive and oft-quoted line from the anarchistic speech by Howard Beale (Peter Finch) in Network (1976). Set in the fictional UBS network, the film tells how a unstable newsreader’s explosive ramblings are exploited for profits and ratings. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Finch. I was also lucky enough to see a fantastic recent adaptation in the National Theatre with Bryan Cranston in the lead role.
Saul Goodman: He’s okay? He said he was gonna break my legs. And don’t tell me he didn’t mean it, okay? ‘Cause he gave me the dead mackerel eyes. He meant it. Walter White: Saul, Mike threatened me. He threatened Jesse. He probably threatened someone before breakfast this morning. It’s what he does. Come on. Grow a pair.
Bob Odenkirk and Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013). Considered one of the greatest shows of all time, it was a critical and commercial juggernaut that won 16 Emmys and countless other awards in its five-year run. It told of a high-school chemistry teacher who gets involved in the drug dealing world by producing crystal meth so as to raise money for his lung cancer treatment.