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Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  4 November 2005 (USA)
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Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.


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In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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fear | reporter | paranoia | expose | cbs | See All (263) »


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buenas noches, y buena suerte.  »

Box Office


$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$421,446 (USA) (7 October 2005)


£2,088,488 (UK) (17 March 2006)

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Did You Know?


Joseph McCarthy's influence was already waning when Murrow's show about him aired due to years of investigative reporting by other journalists, such as Drew Pearson. Edward R. Murrow himself said in Newsweek magazine, "It's a sad state of affairs when people think I was courageous" in presenting his show. See more »


Bill Paley says to Murrow: "I'm taking your program from a half an hour to an hour." In fact, the program went from an hour to a half hour. See more »


[first lines]
Sig Mickelson: In 1935, Ed Murrow began his career with CBS. When World War II broke out, it was his voice that brought the Battle of Britain home to us, through his "This Is London" radio series. He started with us all, many of us here tonight, when television was in its infancy, with the news documentary show, "See It Now." He threw stones at giants. Segregation, exploitation of migrant workers, apartheid, J. Edgar Hoover, not the least of which, his historical fight with Senator McCarthy. He ...
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Even the rating band at the tail of the film is in black and white. See more »


References Person to Person (1953) See more »


TV is the Thing This Year
Written by Phil Medley and Bill Sanford (as William Sanford)
Performed by Dianne Reeves
Produced by Allen Sviridoff
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Come back Mr. Murrow!
18 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My hat to George Clooney. He doesn't take the easy way out. His seriousness of purpose is undeniable and his talents as a filmmaker a concrete reality. This, his second feature, is a no frills account of a period in American history that left visible scars but, as it happens, many have forgotten. History repeats itself but its protagonists seem diluted in this modern obsession with political correctness. David Strathairn - best actor at the Venice Film Festival - is chillingly perfect as Edward R Murrow, reminding us that TV times have changed in an unrecognizable way. The space for real thought on network news has been replaced by the circus atmosphere of 24 hour cable shows with loud mouths, sound effects and video graphics. The inter-cutting between Murrow/Strathairn and the real Senator McCarthy creates the perfect illusion of a startling reality. The timing of the film couldn't be more perfect. I hope we can all fill in the voids and connect the dots. It's time to look back and think before our past becomes our future. Thank you Mr Clooney, thank you very much.

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