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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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In A Nation Terrorized By Its Own Government, One Man Dared to Tell The Truth See more »

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

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4 November 2005 (USA)  »

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Buenas noches, y buena suerte.  »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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£2,088,488 (UK) (17 March 2006)
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Robert F. Kennedy:  During the archive footage of John L. McClellan questioning Joseph McCarthy, a very young RFK (then a minority counsel to the committee) can be seen when the camera pans to the right. See more »

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The U.S. Air Force officers are shown wearing modern, brushed metal name tags. Air Force personnel did not wear name tags until the blue plastic ones were introduced in 1967. Also officers are not authorized silver chin straps on the service hat - only plain leather ones (even in 1954). These are used for ceremonial duties only. See more »

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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 »

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One for My Baby
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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Dianne Reeves and Robert Hurst
Produced by Allen Sviridoff
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Strathairn and documentary footage produce a winner
16 October 2005 | by (Chatsworth, CA, US) – See all my reviews

This film was a real treat, with Strathairn's dead-on performance as legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow a sure bet for at least an Oscar nomination. Perhaps the best decision by writer-director George Clooney was to cast no one in the role of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Instead, Clooney uses actual footage of McCarthy in the HUAC hearings and press conferences. Movies based on actual historical events often sensationalize events, but the extensive use of documentary footage brings home the reality of this movie's story line.

In addition to Strathairn's best performance to date, the entire cast delivers, from Clooney himself as Murrow's producer Fred Friendly, to Frank Langella as CBS chairman William Paley, to Ray Wise as the insecure anchorman Don Hollenbeck. If there is a weak point in the cast, it is Jeff Daniels, who was given little to do in the role of news director Sig Mickelson and did little with it.

As most people today are acquainted with the 1950s through black-and-white images, the decision to film in black-and-white also feels appropriate, and helps the documentary footage to blend in seamlessly with the filmed actors. The only real failing of the movie is the lack of real drama. Throughout, Murrow and the gang are seen to have the upper hand, although they sweat about the potential consequences of every action. The slice of history, the ideas presented concerning the proper role of news media, and the terrific performances all more than make up for this, however, and I strongly recommend this film to those who lived through the McCarthy era and to those, such as myself, who only have witnessed it in the rear view mirror.


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