Good Night, and Good Luck.

Good Night, and Good Luck.

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Cast: David Strathairn, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson

     
 

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George Clooney pays homage to one of the icons of American broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow, in this fact-based drama, which was Clooney's second feature film as a director. In 1953, Edward R. Murrow (played by David Strathairn) was one of the best-known newsmen on television as host of both the talk show Person to Person and the pioneering investigateSee more details below

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George Clooney pays homage to one of the icons of American broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow, in this fact-based drama, which was Clooney's second feature film as a director. In 1953, Edward R. Murrow (played by David Strathairn) was one of the best-known newsmen on television as host of both the talk show Person to Person and the pioneering investigate series See It Now. Joseph McCarthy, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, was generating no small amount of controversy in the public and private sectors with his allegations that Communists had risen to positions of power and influence in America, and an Air Force pilot, Milo Radulovich, had been drummed out of the service due to McCarthy's charges that he was a Communist agent. However, Radulovich had been dismissed without a formal hearing of the charges, and he protested that he was innocent of any wrongdoing. Murrow decided to do a story on Radulovich's case questioning the legitimacy of his dismissal, which was seen by McCarthy and his supporters as an open challenge to his campaign. McCarthy responded by accusing Murrow of being a Communist, leading to a legendary installment of See It Now in which both Murrow and McCarthy presented their sides of the story, which was seen by many as the first step toward McCarthy's downfall. Meanwhile, Murrow had to deal with CBS head William Paley (Frank Langella), who was supportive of Murrow but extremely wary of his controversial positions, while Murrow was also trying to support fellow newsman Don Hollenbeck (Ray Wise), battling charges against his own political views, and working alongside Fred Friendly (George Clooney), the daring head of CBS News. Good Night, and Good Luck also stars Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, and Robert John Burke; the film won Best Film honors after its world premiere at the 2005 Venice Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The legendary, televised showdown between veteran news broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and Cold War-era Communist hunter "Tail Gunner Joe" McCarthy is portrayed here by director George Clooney as an epic struggle between light and darkness. It's something of an oversimplification by Clooney, who has admitted he intended the film to be allegorical, a commentary on media complacency in an era of governmental overreach. In his eyes Murrow is a titan, a courageous Everyman who publicly challenges the motives and methods of a powerful U.S. senator who sees Commies everywhere, terrorizing an entire nation with his fear-mongering and intimidation. As played by David Strathairn, CBS commentator Murrow is an almost phlegmatic figure, impervious to both the obvious threats from McCarthy (seen only in actual newsreel footage and kinescopes of live broadcasts, a genius move by Clooney) and the thinly veiled ones from network boss William Paley (Frank Langella). Along with producer Fred Friendly (Clooney) and reporter Joe Wershba (Robert Downey Jr.), Murrow uses McCarthy's own words to pillory him, setting into motion a chain of events that culminates in the senator's discrediting and censure. In actuality, Tail Gunner Joe was already on the ropes when Murrow attacked him in the now-famous episode of See It Now, and the broadcaster's wryly delivered commentary didn't resonate with Americans nearly as much as the famous exchange between the senator and attorney Joseph Welch in the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954. But why quibble about facts? Good Night, and Good Luck (whose title is Murrow's famous sign-off line) is a crackling good drama.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
With his second film as a director, George Clooney details how two powerful forces in American life -- politics and show business -- can affect each other. Clooney's understanding of television and its power has informed both of his films, although Good Night, and Good Luck is the first to make a direct link between the force of the medium and the world of politics. The straightforward docudrama approach betrays Clooney's rather modest goals for this film; he wants nothing more than to lay out how Edward R. Murrow brought down Joseph McCarthy by doing nothing more than showing the American people McCarthy's tactics. With the help of the great cinematographer Robert Elswit, Clooney employs a black-and-white look that recalls both the time period and underscores the seriousness of his intentions. The straightforward material is also elevated by the first-rate performances, particularly David Strathairn as Murrow. His stillness and seriousness ground the film, but there are subtle motions -- a raised eyebrow, a twitching foot, a subtle double take -- that reveal the stress and emotion inside the man. Strathairn is able to embody the gravity and importance that the screenplay and the direction place upon Murrow, but he humanizes the man as well. Good Night, and Good Luck solidifies Clooney's status as a talented, intelligent director with a good eye and a great ability with actors.
New York Post - Lou Lumenick
Vividly re- creates TV news icon Edward R. Murrow's historic face-off with Sen. Joseph McCarthy in devastatingly low-key detail -- is the right movie at the right time.
Newsweek - David Ansen
It's a passionate, serious, impeccably crafted movie tackling a subject Clooney cares about deeply: the duty of journalism to speak truth to power. It also happens to be the most compelling American movie of the year so far.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2006
UPC:
0012569736788
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
13,923

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director/screenwriter George Clooney nd producer/screenwriter Grant Heslov; Good Night, And Good Luck. Companion piece; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Strathairn Edward R. Murrow
George Clooney Fred Friendly
Robert Downey Joe Wershba
Patricia Clarkson Shirley Wershba
Frank Langella William S. Paley
Jeff Daniels Sig Mickelson
Ray Wise Don Hollenbeck
Tate Donovan Jessie Zousmer
Tom McCarthy Palmer Williams
Matt Ross Eddie Scott
Reed Diamond John Aaron
Robert John Burke Charlie Mack
Grant Heslov Don Hewitt
Alex Borstein Natalie
Rose Abdoo Millie Lerner
Glenn Morshower Colonel Anderson
Don Creech Colonel Jenkins
Helen Slayton-Hughes Mary
Robert Knepper Don Surine
J.D. Cullum Stage Manager
Simon Helberg CBS Page
Peter Jacobson Jimmy
Dianne Reeves Jazz Singer

Technical Credits
George Clooney Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Colin Anderson Camera Operator
Jim Bissell Production Designer
Gae S. Buckley Set Decoration/Design
Marc Butan Executive Producer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Ben Cosgrove Executive Producer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Simon Franks Co-producer
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara Hall Co-producer
Grant Heslov Producer,Screenwriter
Jennifer Fox Executive Producer
Zygi Kamasa Co-producer
Stephen Mirrione Editor
Christa Munro Art Director
Kiyotaka Ninomiya Co-producer
Michael Pinkey Camera Operator
Chris Salvaterra Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll Executive Producer
Steven Soderbergh Executive Producer
Allen Sviridoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward Tise Sound Mixer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Good Night, And Good Luck
1. 1958 Prologue [5:23]
2. Are You Now? [2:29]
3. Isn't it McCarthy? [4:16]
4. Talking Costs [2:56]
5. Dangerous Waters [3:37]
6. Running the Story [5:48]
7. Poke With a Stick [4:52]
8. Their First Shot [4:07]
9. Terror Right Here [4:21]
10. See You at the Office [1:30]
11. No Time to Keep Silent [6:32]
12. Feedback [5:58]
13. Tell What You Know [2:36]
14. Don't Read the Papers [3:45]
15. The Evil of It [4:34]
16. McCarthy Fires Back [4:39]
17. I Require No Lectures [3:56]
18. How High the Tragedy [3:40]
19. For the Greater Good [5:05]
20. Downfalls [4:12]
21. This Instrument [3:00]
22. End Credits [5:20]

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