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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 <>

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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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The first Best Picture Academy Award nominee to be in black and white since Schindler's List (1993). See more »


Mention is made of the hotline telephone between Moscow and Washington, but this was installed in 1963, five years after Edward R. Murrow's speech and ten years after the bulk of the film. (Fidel Castro's revolution hadn't even occurred at the time the film is set). 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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Clooney's presentation of McCarthy
13 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film does not - as some have suggested - unfairly portray McCarthy as a sub-human monster. Its presentation of McCarthy is limited strictly to the thread of the storyline and never does it waver toward name-calling or character assassination. This is particularly striking given that MCarthy was a well-seasoned alcoholic and clearly suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder. He was ripe for parody because his eccentricities were so pronounced, but this film is remarkably even-handed about the Senator's deeds and behavior. There are no allusions either to his peculiar friendship with Roy Cohn, whose notorious homosexual relations with private G. David Schine eventually led to McCarthy's demented charge that the Army was infested with Communists. Some have even suggested that McCarthy was no stranger to gay trysts. All of this could have made for an explosive - and typical

  • "Hollywood" movie and would indeed have been propagandistic, shallow

and simple-minded. Instead Clooney has made an intelligent, cogent, fair-minded film about ethics, high standards and integrity.

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