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Good Night, and Good Luck.

A movie directed by George Clooney

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A Powerful Film That Pleads for a Return to Meaningful Journalism

  • Mar 15, 2006
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GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK is a brilliant piece of film making, a film that recreates a period in our history when gossip mongers and fear exploiters took the lead for a terrifying few years that threatened to extinguish civil rights forever. Not unlike now! And that is one reason this film carries so much resonance: the story of the bravery of popular news reporter Edward R. Morrow (David Strathairn) and his associates Fred Friendly (George Clooney), Joe and Shirley Wershba (Robert Downey, Jr. and Patricia Clarkson), William Paley (Frank Langella) and the crew at CBS is one that begs for re-creation in the way the news is reported, analyzed, and serves the rights of the public to be truly informed.

The story is the 1950s McCarthyism Communist Hunting that terrified the country unchecked until Morrow et al challenged the Senator's accusations and methodology by simply quoting the statements McCarthy made in the television series See It Now. Morrow and his associates did not elect to smear McCarthy: they instead elected to bring to the public's quivering attention just what the sick mind of McCarthy was doing to innocent people. It was an act of bravery on Morrow's part and on the part of everyone connected with See It Now.

George Clooney continues to impress as a quiet, subtle voice who doesn't seek the limelight for his brilliant mind, but rather uses it to enter the arena of emerging patriots - the good kind. He wrote the script with Grant Heslov after much research and investigation and then gathered a gifted crew of actors (including himself) and directed the film using the atmosphere of black and white photography (credit cinematographer Robert Elswit) in the almost exclusively interior claustrophobic set of the television station to give the ring of honesty that pulsates this story to its powerful end. Strathairn is brilliant as Morrow, but then so are all the cast members in this ensemble effort.

GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK is an immensely entertaining film on every level, but the fact that it is released in such a realistic fashion at this particular time in the nation's precarious history makes it a film that should be seen by everyone. The DVD added commentary by not only the writers and actors but also the people still living and the children of those who aren't is informative and sensitively poignant. Lightning can strike in the same place twice. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, March 06

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review by . April 07, 2011
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review by . July 11, 2006
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I went to see 'Good Night, and Good Luck' because I wanted to see history reinacted. I received what I wanted. The reinactment by the very able David Straitharn as Edward R. Murrow is noble and absorbing. It is also a great touch that we see the actual hearings by Senator Eugene McCarthy. It makes the movie part documentary and part reinactment, and both aspects are done admirably. George Clooney has helped create as part director, writer, and actor a fine movie. The behind the scenes drama where …
review by . March 26, 2006
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Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 film directed by George Clooney and written by Clooney and Grant Heslov that portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-Communist Senator's actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

The movie, although released in black and white, was filmed on color film stock but on a grayscale set, and was later color corrected to black and white during post-production. It focuses on the theme of media responsibility, and also addresses what occurs when the media offer a voice of dissent against the government. The movie takes its title from the line with which Murrow routinely closed his broadcasts.

The film was rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating system for mild thematic elements and brief language.

The film was nominated for six Academy Awards.

Without force-feeding its timely message,Good Night, and Good Luckilluminates history to enlighten our present, when the need for a free and independent press is more important than ever. In 90 breathtaking minutes of efficient and intricate storytelling, writer-director George Clooney and cowriter Grant Heslov pay honorable tribute to the journalistic integrity of legendary CBS newscaster Edward R. Murrow,
Director George Clooney who confronted the virulent and overzealous anti-Communist witch-hunting of Wisconsin Sen. ...

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Director: George Clooney
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Release Date: October 7, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: George Clooney, Grant Heslov
DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
Runtime: 1hr 33min
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
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