Good Night, and Good Luck. [DVD] [2005]

  • SKU: 7667107
  • Release Date: 03/14/2006
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features


  • Commentary by director/screenwriter George Clooney nd producer/screenwriter Grant Heslov
  • Good Night, And Good Luck. Companion piece
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


Good Night, and Good Luck.
George Clooney pays homage to one of the icons of American broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow, in this fact-based drama, which was Clooney's second feature film as a director. In 1953, Edward R. Murrow (played by David Strathairn) was one of the best-known newsmen on television as host of both the talk show Person to Person and the pioneering investigate series See It Now. Joseph McCarthy, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, was generating no small amount of controversy in the public and private sectors with his allegations that Communists had risen to positions of power and influence in America, and an Air Force pilot, Milo Radulovich, had been drummed out of the service due to McCarthy's charges that he was a Communist agent. However, Radulovich had been dismissed without a formal hearing of the charges, and he protested that he was innocent of any wrongdoing. Murrow decided to do a story on Radulovich's case questioning the legitimacy of his dismissal, which was seen by McCarthy and his supporters as an open challenge to his campaign. McCarthy responded by accusing Murrow of being a Communist, leading to a legendary installment of See It Now in which both Murrow and McCarthy presented their sides of the story, which was seen by many as the first step toward McCarthy's downfall. Meanwhile, Murrow had to deal with CBS head William Paley (Frank Langella), who was supportive of Murrow but extremely wary of his controversial positions, while Murrow was also trying to support fellow newsman Don Hollenbeck (Ray Wise), battling charges against his own political views, and working alongside Fred Friendly (George Clooney), the daring head of CBS News. Good Night, and Good Luck also stars Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, and Robert John Burke; the film won Best Film honors after its world premiere at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • David Strathairn
    David Strathairn - Edward R. Murrow
  • George Clooney
    George Clooney - Fred Friendly
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
    Robert Downey, Jr. - Joe Wershba
  • Patricia Clarkson
    Patricia Clarkson - Shirley Wershba
  • Frank Langella
    Frank Langella - William S. Paley



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    More relevant today

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    25yearsinconsumerelectron
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    A film that received six Academy Award nominations. Filmed in black and white to give it documentary like feel. The true story of one of the darkest periods in our nation's history. A period, in which a junior senator from Wisconsin, unjustly indicted groups of American citizens. Calling them Communists and, in many cases, destroying their lives. The film traces the efforts of Edward R Morrow and CBS News to renounce this bigoted Senator, Joseph McCarthy. It is well acted and directed and even more relevant today.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Now, A Must See

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    Earlyadopter
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    A film that was Academy Award nominated. The story of Edward R. Morrow and CBSs outing of Joe McCarthy and his delusional assault on those Americans he deemed to be Communists and a menace to this country. Without Morrow and CBS, McCarty may have succeeded in destroying the lives of even more innocent people. This movie is relevant and important today.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must See - Must own

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    drrich

    This film is so well constructed and so well acted that it almost seems to be a documentary. It covers a time I lived through so I have the advantage of knowing that these performances are spot on. For many of today generation this story of how fear tactics and innuendo were used to destroy lives and careers may seem like fiction but alas this all happened. George Clooney has done us all a great service with this film.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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