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Good Night, And Good Luck
- George Clooney

Overview - With GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, George Clooney delivers a riveting account of a crucial chapter in 20th-century American history and, in the process, firmly establishes himself as a major force behind the camera as well. The crisply paced, tautly scripted docudrama recounts the events of the mid-1950s leading up to acclaimed CBS journalist Edward R.  Read more...

 
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Overview

With GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, George Clooney delivers a riveting account of a crucial chapter in 20th-century American history and, in the process, firmly establishes himself as a major force behind the camera as well. The crisply paced, tautly scripted docudrama recounts the events of the mid-1950s leading up to acclaimed CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow's (David Strathairn) decision to stand up against fiery Senator Joseph McCarthy, who was out to rid the country of communism. McCarthy's seemingly reckless behavior, in which he condemned individuals without giving them a fair trial, angered Murrow and his producer Fred Friendly (Clooney) into action. The resulting few episodes of Murrow's show, SEE IT NOW, found Murrow on a personal, patriotic crusade to challenge McCarthy and rid America of his callous persecution. Set almost entirely inside the smoke-filled, pressurized newsrooms at CBS, Clooney's assured picture moves at a breakneck pace. Cinematographer Robert Elswit miraculously recreates the black-and-white look of that era, giving the film an added air of legitimacy. And while Clooney and co-screenwriter/producer Grant Heslov wisely chose to use stock footage of McCarthy instead of finding an actor to fill his shoes, they couldn't have found a better Murrow than Strathairn, who delivers his lines with heroic conviction. Clooney's stellar ensemble cast also includes Ray Wise, Patricia Clarkson, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels, and Frank Langella.

Cast List

Patricia Clarkson - American actress
George Clooney - American actor/director
Frank Langella - American Actor
Steven Soderbergh - Director/Screenwriter, TRAFFIC (2000)
Peter Andrews - Director/Screenwriter, TRAFFIC (2000)
Ray Wise - American Supporting Actor
Tate Donovan - American Supporting Actor
Grant Heslov - Actor-producer
Todd Wagner - Executive Producer, CRIMINAL (2004)
Tom McCarthy - Actor/director, THE STATION AGENT
Robert Downey Jr. - American actor, CHAPLIN (1992), IRON MAN (2008)
David Strathairn - American stage/film actor, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK
Dianne Reeves - American Jazz Singer
Robert Elswit - Director of Photography, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (2005)
Mark Cuban - Executive Producer, CRIMINAL (2004)
Jeff Daniels - American Actor, SOMETHING WILD (1986)
Rose Abdoo
Robert John Burke - Actor/Hartley regular
Robert Burke - Actor/Hartley regular
Alex Borstein - Actor/comedian, THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE/FAMILY GUY
Alexandrea Borstein - Actor/comedian, THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE/FAMILY GUY

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 93
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 012569736788
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: March 2006

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
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Journalists/Journalism
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Theatrical Release: October 7, 2005

Reviews:
"[A] passionate, thoughtful essay on power, truth-telling and responsibility." - 09/23/2005 New York Times, p.E1


3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Clooney emerges as a powerhouse filmmaker....Clooney has crafted a period piece that speaks potently to [the] here-and-now..." - 10/20/2005 Rolling Stone, p.89


"David Strathairn plays Murrow, a performance eerily on the money and tinged with irony....The extensive footage of McCarthy is artfully integrated." - 10/07/2005 USA Today, p.4E


"[A] marvel of classic restraint in a hopped-up film culture. Shot in elegant black and white with impeccable ensemble acting and moody jazz riffs for a soundtrack, it wouldn't exist except for the lonely passion of director, co-writer and costar George Clooney." - 10/07/2005 Los Angeles Times, p.E1


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[W]hen the movie's at is smartest, it's dazzlingly bright....David Stratharin, playing Murrow, follows his writers' lead beautifully, delivering a performance that's all understatement on the surface and searing fire underneath." - 11/01/2005 Premiere, p.46-48


"[A]n energized sliver of history, smart, sharp, and lively, staged with enjoyable panache..." -- Grade: B+ - 10/14/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.117-119


"David Strathairn's extraordinary performance dominates the film with its gravitas, pathos and even a streak of deadpan humour." - 11/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.26


5 stars out of 5 -- "[C]ontinually astonishing for its poise and its impeccable attention to detail....Clooney achieves his objectives with clarity and concision." - 03/01/2006 Uncut, p.122-123


"Righteous and superbly evocative of the era, the film also reacquaints us with a more sophisticated yesteryear, when media stars had principles, spoke in full paragraphs, and faced down the corrupt..." - 03/01/2006 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.106


"Strathairn's subtle and serious Oscar-nominated performance demands the respect of his audience." - 05/01/2006 Widescreen Review, p.66


4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] well-judged and well-timed Clooney lament about the state of television journalism in a trying age..." - 06/01/2006 Total Film, p.102


3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] healthy reminder that in any political crisis, history is always the final judge." - 07/01/2006 Ultimate DVD, p.112

 
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