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Good Night, and Good Luck. -- Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.


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Writers (WGA):
George Clooney (written by) &
Grant Heslov (written by)
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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 49 wins & 81 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
Bill Greenfield .... set production assistant (as Billy Greenfield)
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
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Precisely every 23 minutes (the standard running time of TV shows from the 1950s), the film is punctuated by a jazz song performed by Dianne Reeves.See more »
Continuity: Murrow's cigarette grows longer (while the ash gets shorter) during the meeting where Paley reschedules his show to Sundays.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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99 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
Broadcast news, 21 October 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

"Good Night, and Good Luck" is the kind of film that has elicited strong opinions in the IMDb forum. In fact, most of the critics point out at the manipulation of the actual events and what they perceive as character assassination of the late Joseph McCarthy and the role he played during the "witch hunt" conducted by the late senator from Wisconsin. Whether these points are right, or wrong, in the minds of the contributors, most seem to disregard the film on that criteria, alone.

In fact, "Good Night, and Good Luck" shows a time in the American past that served as the model in the way television introduced the format in which the news was going to be shown to the country using the emerging technology to keep people informed. As such, CBS under William Paley's leadership, amassed a lot of talent and it became the yardstick in which other news programs were going to be judged against. George Clooney, in his second directorial job, recreates what he and his co-writer, Grant Heslov, thought about that period at the beginning of the era of television news.

The film has a documentary style that serves well to illustrate the story being told. Most of it occurring in the CBS studios in New York during the fifties. The crisp black and white cinematography, by Robert Elswit, gives the movie a nostalgic look to the way things were done in those days. Mr. Clooney has inserted scenes where a black jazz singer interprets some standard songs as though it might have been the next program following the actual news hour, and act as a buffer in the events being presented.

At the center of the story is Edward R. Murrow, the CBS anchor at the time. Mr. Murrow was greatly admired for his contributions during WWII and his broadcasts from London bringing commentaries about the war to America. Mr. Murrow was a giant in the field, most admired by all Americans because his integrity and the way he presented his stories, which ranged from the sublime, to the ridiculous, as it is the case with the interview with Liberace in Sherman Oaks where he asked the entertainer about his future wedding plans.

The strong cast assembled for the film is excellent. David Strathairn, one of our most versatile actors plays the leading role. His take on Murrow's mannerisms and the way he spoke to his audience in front of the camera is captured with great detail. Mr. Strathairn gives a good performance, but one never really knows much about the man in the way the screen play has been written. Yes, one gets the impression of Mr. Murrow's high ethics, but as far as what made him tick, one has to wait for another biopic to find out.

The ensemble cast plays well under Mr. Clooney's direction. Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels, and George Clooney are seen in the newsroom as they portray their models under Mr. Clooney's direction.

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