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Writers (WGA):
George Clooney (written by) &
Grant Heslov (written by)
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Release Date:
4 November 2005 (USA) See more »
We will not walk in fear of one another. See more »
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 51 wins & 87 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Daniels ... Sig Mickelson

David Strathairn ... Edward R. Murrow

Alex Borstein ... Natalie

Rose Abdoo ... Mili Lerner
Dianne Reeves ... Jazz Singer
Peter Martin ... Pianist
Christoph Luty ... Bassist
Jeff Hamilton ... Drummer
Matt Catingub ... Saxophonist

Tate Donovan ... Jesse Zousmer

Reed Diamond ... John Aaron

Matt Ross ... Eddie Scott

Patricia Clarkson ... Shirley Wershba

Robert Downey Jr. ... Joe Wershba

George Clooney ... Fred Friendly

Thomas McCarthy ... Palmer Williams (as Tom McCarthy)

Glenn Morshower ... Colonel Anderson

Don Creech ... Colonel Jenkins

Grant Heslov ... Don Hewitt

Robert John Burke ... Charlie Mack

Ray Wise ... Don Hollenbeck

Robert Knepper ... Don Surine

Helen Slayton-Hughes ... Mary

Frank Langella ... William Paley

Simon Helberg ... CBS Page

JD Cullum ... Stage Manager

Peter Jacobson ... Jimmy
John Kepley ... CBS Lawyer #1
David Paul Christian ... CBS Lawyer #2
Joyce Lasley ... Make-Up Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bill Blair ... TV Studio Crewman (uncredited)
Felix J. Boyle ... Prominant Chicagoan (uncredited)
Roy M. Cohn ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ray Donn ... Reporter (uncredited)

Joseph Dowd ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Liberace ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bruna Matsin ... Sig Mickelson's Wife (uncredited)
Joseph McCarthy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John L. McClellan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Katharine Phillips Moser ... Jesse's Wife (uncredited)

Alexana Thomas ... Senator's Wife (uncredited)
Rochelle Warner ... Speech Wife (uncredited)
Joseph N. Welch ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
George Clooney 
Writing credits
George Clooney (written by) &
Grant Heslov (written by)

Produced by
Marc Butan .... executive producer
Ben Cosgrove .... executive producer
Mark Cuban .... executive producer
Jennifer Fox .... executive producer
Simon Franks .... co-producer
Samuel Hadida .... co-executive producer
Victor Hadida .... co-executive producer
Barbara A. Hall .... co-producer
Grant Heslov .... producer
Zygi Kamasa .... co-producer
Kiyotaka Ninomiya .... co-producer
Chris Salvaterra .... executive producer
Jeff Skoll .... executive producer
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer
Todd Wagner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jim Papoulis 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stephen Mirrione 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
James D. Bissell  (as Jim Bissell)
Art Direction by
Christa Munro 
Set Decoration by
Jan Pascale 
Costume Design by
Louise Frogley 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... key makeup artist
Carolyn Elias .... hair stylist
Kimberly Felix .... assistant makeup artist (as Kimberly Felix Burke)
Violet Ortiz .... hair stylist
Waldo Sanchez .... hair department head
Waldo Sanchez .... makeup department head
Kathleen Vercruysse .... assistant makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... key hair stylist
Kim Adrissi .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Elena Arroy .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Barbara Cantu .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Carol Collini .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Ginger Damon .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Edward Morrison .... personal hair stylist (uncredited)
Elizabeth Rabe .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Barbara A. Hall .... unit production manager
Peter Phillips .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melissa V. Barnes .... second assistant director
Richard Gonzales .... second second assistant director
David J. Webb .... first assistant director (as David Webb)
Art Department
Alan Alvarado .... propmaker
Ellis J. Barbacoff .... assistant property master
Jenny Baum .... on-set dresser (as Jenny D. Baum)
Heidi Baumgarten .... buyer
Tony Bonaventura .... property master
Tony Buccola .... art production assistant
Gae S. Buckley .... set designer (as Gae Buckley)
Alan Burg .... set dresser
Louise Del Araujo .... lead
Robert Danté Denne .... paint foreman
Robert E. Denne .... painter
Duane Fellows .... painter
Edward A. Giron .... labor foreman
Deborah Harman .... set dresser
Karen Higgins .... construction coordinator (as Karen D. Higgins)
Mats Holmberg .... propmaker
Steven Kissick .... general foreman
Charlotte Raybourn .... art department coordinator
Mark Rodriguez .... set dresser
Ronald F. Savini Jr. .... plaster foreman (as Ron Savini)
Susie Thompson .... set dresser
Brian Tipton .... propmaker gang boss
Steven Valenzuela .... gang boss (as Steve R. Valenzuela)
Steven Valenzuela .... toolman (as Steve R. Valenzuela)
L. David Gordon .... draper (uncredited)
Emily Lawless .... painter (uncredited)
Gregory Lynch Jr. .... carpenter (uncredited)
Richard Robinson .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Corti .... audio restoration
Susan Dudeck .... dialogue editor
Aaron Glascock .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Glascock .... supervising sound editor
Eric Gotthelf .... adr mixer
Randall L. Johnson .... boom operator (as Randy Johson)
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound editor
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Scott Morgan .... foley recordist (as Scott A. Morgen)
Rocky Quiroz .... utility sound
John Roesch .... foley artist
Curt Schulkey .... sound re-recording mixer
Curt Schulkey .... supervising sound editor
Carolyn Tapp .... adr recordist
John Joseph Thomas .... sound effects editor
Edward Tise .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Ron Bolanowski .... special effects coordinator
Roy K. Cancino .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ernie Camacho .... compositor: Technicolor Creative Services
Trey Freeman .... compositor: Technicolor Creative Services
Paul Hill .... compositor: Technicolor Creative Services
Joshua Jordan .... compositor: Technicolor Creative Services
John Kearns .... digital restoration:Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Ken Kimble .... compositor: Technicolor Creative Services (as Kenney Kimble)
David Lebovitz .... compositor: Technicolor Creative Services
LaNelle Mason .... digital restoration: Technicolor Digital Intermediates (as Lanelle Mason)
Eric Myers .... compositor: Technicolor Creative Services
Elizabeth Ostermann .... digital restoration: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Steve Rundell .... vice president of production: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Brad Sutton .... digital restoration: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Caoilfhionn Sweeney .... visual effects producer: Technicolor Creative Services
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration:Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Camera and Electrical Department
John Amorelli .... rigging electrician
Mike Amorelli .... rigging electrician (as Michael Amorelli)
Colin Anderson .... camera operator
Douglas Bard .... rigging electrician
Scott Barnes .... lighting programmer
Michael Bauman .... chief lighting technician
Arthur Borquez .... rigging grip (as Art Morques)
J.A. Byerly .... rigging gaffer (as JA Byerly)
Mitch Byerly .... rigging electrician
Walter Byrnes .... rigging grip
Robert Clancey .... rigging grip
John T. Connor .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Eric Cross .... dolly grip
Thomas M. Dangcil .... electrician (as Tommy Dangcil)
Joe Garcia .... best boy electric: CBS
William Glasscock .... fixtures
Ivan Gonzalez .... grip
Melinda Sue Gordon .... still photographer
James Heywood .... rigging grip
Barry Idoine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Kenner .... key grip
Alexandra Kravetz .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jeff Kunkel .... dolly grip
Paul Lambiase .... rigging grip
John Morris .... best boy grip (as John P. Morris)
Thomas Nead .... rigging electrician (as Tom Nead)
Eric Nieber .... best boy grip: CBS
Simone Perusse .... assistant chief lighting technician
Tom Schurke .... 24 frame video engineer
Tom Schurke .... 24 frame video supervisor
David D. Scott .... video assist
Hank Sheppherd .... key rigging grip
Larissa Supplitt .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Tolochko .... electrician
Matthew W. Williams .... film loader
Ryan Piers Williams .... camera production assistant
Earl C. Williman .... rigging best boy electric (as Earl 'The Badger' Williman)
Andrew Wilson .... rigging grip
Colin Anderson .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
P.J. Gaynard .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Jack M. Guberman .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Michael Lyon .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Damon Marcellino .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Mark Mele .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Michael Pinkey .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ryan Shopay .... set lighting (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lynne Redding .... voice casting
Rachel Tenner .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shandra Beri .... costumer
Lucinda Campbell .... key costumer
Lynda Foote .... costume supervisor
Deborah Latham .... costumer (as Deborah Binkley)
Kanani Wolf .... costumer
Editorial Department
Matt Absher .... second assistant editor
Chris Addis .... dailies digitizer
Stephen P. Arkle .... colorist: dailies (as Sparkle)
Steve Calalang .... scanning technician: Technicolor New York
Joe Cook .... colorist: dailies
Douglas Crise .... first assistant editor
Alex Hernandez .... imaging technician: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Loc Hoang .... imaging technician: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Steve Hodge .... imaging technician: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Christopher Kutcka .... imaging supervisor: Technicolor Digital Intermediates (as Chris Kutcka)
Stephen Nakamura .... digital film colorist: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Mark Sahagun .... digital conform: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Gregg Schaublin .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Kevin Schwab .... imaging technician: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Brian Ufberg .... assistant editor
Marc Wuertemburg .... post-production: 2929 Entertainment
Christian Zak .... scanning producer: Technicolor New York
Tony Dustin .... assistant digital film colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Matt Catingub .... music arranger
Matt Catingub .... musician: sax
Jeff Hamilton .... musician: drums
Robert Hurst .... musician: bass
Kevin Koloff .... music counsel
Christoph Luty .... musician: bass
Peter Martin .... musician: piano
Allen Sviridoff .... music supervisor
Peter Rotter .... music contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Florio .... driver
Paul Jones .... driver
William 'Scott' Pierson .... transportation captain (as William Scott Pierson)
Dusty Saunders .... transportation coordinator
Paul Saunders .... driver
Patrick Sullivan .... driver (as Patrick L. Sullivan)
Brita McCollough .... cast trailer driver (uncredited)
Brenda Ryan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Gary M. Barkin .... production counsel: Barkin - Smith (as Gary Barkin)
Susan Bliss .... dubbing: English
Susan Bliss .... subtitling lists
Lonnie Bosak .... office production assistant
Christopher D. Brearton .... counsel: Participant, O'Melveny & Myers
Brinton Bryan .... key set production assistant
P. John Burke .... counsel: 2929
Kenneth T. Deutsch .... counsel: Participant, O'Melveny & Myers
Tad Driscoll .... accountant
Tara Duncan .... assistant: Mr. Heslov
Carey Field .... set production assistant
Billy Greenfield .... set production assistant
Shea Kammer .... assistant accountant
Richard Kapenas .... stock footage restoration: Technicolor Creative Services
Michelle Lankwarden .... assistant production coordinator
Lawrence W. Lichty .... historical consultant
Douglas McClure .... counsel: 2929 (as Douglas B. Mcclure)
Angel McConnell .... assistant: Mr. Clooney (as Angel Mcconnell)
Chris Munday .... location manager
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (as Diane Hassinger Newman)
Andrew Noren .... additional film researcher
Lisa Oberhofer .... liaison: BBC/CBS
Kenn Rabin .... archival scene researcher
Jill L. Smith .... production counsel: Barkin - Smith
Bill Smythe .... projectionist
Andy Tyler .... assistant location manager
Lorraine Vos .... assistant accountant
Ari Weiss .... office production assistant
Joseph Wershba .... consultant (as Joe Wershba)
Shirley Wershba .... consultant
Nicole Widmyer .... production coordinator
Jeff Winn .... craft service
Marc Gaffen .... production assistant (uncredited)
Vanessa Grayson .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
George A. Parker .... preview supervisor (uncredited)
Fran Bowen .... the filmmakers wish to thank
John Buchanan .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jim Carter .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Yuien Chin .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Julie Currin .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Dan Dipierro .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Andy Friendly .... the filmmakers wish to thank
David T. Friendly .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as David Friendly)
Ruth Friendly .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Brian Fulford .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Charles Gerber .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Grace Goldblatt .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Kyna Hamill .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Michael Henry .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Ronnie James .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Peter Jaszi .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Lori Killam .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jason Krieger .... the producers wish to thank
Lawrence W. Lichty .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Kevin G. Lowery .... the filmmakers wish to thank
J. Fred MacDonald .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as J. Fred Macdonald)
Kristy Manning .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Linda Mason .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Casey Murrow .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Joyce Nakamura .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Milo Radulovich .... the producers wish to thank
Erica Schwartz .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Marika Tur .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Joseph Wershba .... the producers wish to thank (as Joe Wershba)
Shirley Wershba .... the producers wish to thank
Denise Woodgerd .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Mike Zacharia .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (British Columbia/Ontario/Quebec) | Chile:Y7 | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. | Hungary:14 | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Malaysia:18PL (DVD) | Malaysia:(Banned) (theatrical) | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #41985)

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
[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...
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80 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
When Things Were Black and White, 13 November 2005
Author: schappe1 from N Syracuse NY

I've had the "Edward R. Murrow" Collection from CBS for years and have enjoyed watching it's biography of Murrow, the complete Milo Radulovich, McCarthy and Annie Lee Moss shows many times. I'm sure George Clooney must have these as well as he used the actual footage extensively in his fine drama "Good Night and Good Luck". As a previous poster said, by concentrating on what was actually presented, Clooney is able to focus on the ethical issues that were the real substance of the broadcasts, rather than the tragicomic personalities involved. He wants us to see that the same issues are in our lives today, (Clooney has had his own battles with would-be modern McCarthys like Bill O'Reilly), but he isn't going to force the issue. He's doing exactly what Murrow and Friendly did with the McCarthy broadcast: using the actual record to tell the story.

There are minor, but significant embellishments, mostly an impressive cast of actors who can tell us more with one look than an entire speech. Leading the way is David Straithairn as Murrow. Except for possessing a higher pitched voice than the original, he's got his man down cold. I would pick Frank Langella as William Paley, here presented as a man with ideals but who is rooted in the realities of business, the sort of guy who has to make the tough decisions the idealists like Murrow don't have to or want to deal with. Then there is Ray Wise as the vulnerable Don Hollenbeck, who was one of the co-creators of "You Are There", a program this film somewhat resembles. He wound up being "there" when he didn't really want to be.

What really enhances the show is the black and white photography, (actually, according to the notes, it was "The film was shot on color film on a grayscale set, then color-corrected in post" – whatever that means). Not only does it heighten the drama, (magazine photographers, in the days when they had a choice, said "black and white for drama, color for excitement"), but the tremendous resolution seems to bring out each furrow and poor on each person's face, allowing the viewer to see into their souls.

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