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Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
IMDb Rating 7.9
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
David Strathairn Edward R. Murrow
Robert Downey Jr. Joe Wershba
Patricia Clarkson Shirley Wershba
Ray Wise Don Hollenbeck
Frank Langella William Paley
Jeff Daniels Sig Mickelson
George Clooney Fred Friendly
Tate Donovan Jesse Zousmer
Thomas McCarthy Palmer Williams (as Tom McCarthy)
Matt Ross Eddie Scott
Plot
Without force-feeding its timely message, Good Night, and Good Luck illuminates history to enlighten our present, when the need for a free and independent press is more important than ever. In 90 breathtaking minutes of efficient and intricate storytelling, writer-director George Clooney and cowriter Grant Heslov pay honorable tribute to the journalistic integrity of legendary CBS newscaster Edward R. Murrow,

Director George Clooney
who confronted the virulent and overzealous anti-Communist witch-hunting of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1953-54, and emerged as a triumphant truth-seeker against the abuses of corporate and governmental power.

David Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow
As played by David Strathairn, Murrow is a dogged realist, keenly aware of the smear tactics that will be employed against him; Clooney provides crucial backup as Murrow's "See It Now" producer and closest confidante Fred Friendly, forming a fierce but not entirely fearless triumvirate of broadcasting bravery with CBS chief William Paley (Frank Langella), who anxiously champions Murrow's cause under constant threat of reprisals. While using crisp black-and-white cinematography (by Robert Elswit) to vividly recreate the electrifying atmosphere of the CBS newsroom and the early years of television, Clooney (son of long-time Cincinnati newsman Nick Clooney) proves his directorial skill by juggling big themes and an esteemed ensemble cast, never stooping to simplification of ethically complex material. Good Night, and Good Luck is an instant classic, destined for all the accolades it so richly deserves. --Jeff Shannon

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Movie Details
Genre Drama; History
Director George Clooney
Producer Grant Heslov
Writer George Clooney; Grant Heslov
Studio Warner Bros.
Country Japan
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 93 mins
Movie Release Date 10/14/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 593
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/30/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 B&W (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 012569736788
Release Date 3/14/2006
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Audio Commentary with George Clooney and Grant Heslov
Good Night, And Good Luck Companion Piece
Theatrical Trailer
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