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Good Night, and Good Luck.

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.

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: 11,480

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)

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

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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Good Night, and Good Luck. 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A marvelous performace covering a questionable time when others hid their heads while injustice was allowed. CBS through Murrow fought back and asked the questions others refused or were afraid to ask. My only concern is has the independence of the media failed in current events. The press must tell the whole story not just the part they agree with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Supposed to be factual, this film doesn't worry about straying from the facts to be more engaging. David Strathairn plays Murrow beautifully in the unruffled and sober reporting that was Murrow's trademark. Clearly, if you infuse McCarthy's rhetoric about the "Communists" with the "terrorists," the film and Murrow the courageous reporter are still relevant. That's what Clooney wanted to achieve as a director and he did. He is making a fine transition from being a handsome lead man to great back-room director in the tradition of a Ron Howard or a Clint Eastwood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't begin to tell you how true to live this movie was. As for the director, my sincere compliments on this true to live epic! Nothing compares !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good Night and Good Luck gives us a chilling reminder of what is at stake when dissenting views are seen as unpatriotic. It brings the so-called Patriot Act into sharp focus. It is first class viewing for adults but it should be a must-see for every highschool Civics, Social Studies and History class.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, this movie is bad!!! I understood it and all, but that just made it worse. It's so unbelievably pointless. Did it get nominated for an Oscar?? Maybe they just felt bad and decide to nominate this movie. The only reason I think it was nominated was because of George Clooney. Just because he's a big name in Hollywood, doesn't mean every one of his movies is Oscar quality. Overall it was about an hour and forty five minutes (or something like that I'm not sure, because it was so boring) of my life I can never get back!!!