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Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

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Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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George Clooney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Sig Mickelson
David Strathairn ... Edward R. Murrow
Alex Borstein ... Natalie
Rose Abdoo ... Mili Lerner
Dianne Reeves ... Jazz Singer
Peter Martin Peter Martin ... Pianist
Christoph Luty Christoph Luty ... Bassist
Jeff Hamilton Jeff Hamilton ... Drummer
Matt Catingub 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
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Storyline

In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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They Took On The Government With Nothing But The Truth See more »


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Kinowelt [Germany]

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English

Release Date:

4 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buenas noches, y buena suerte. See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$421,446, 9 October 2005

Gross USA:

$31,558,003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,641,191
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Trivia

Initially, the famous concluding catchphrase, "Good Night and Good Luck", that became the title of the film, was a habit Edward R. Murrow kept from his London years as a war reporter for the radio. Then British people under constant night German bombing systematically ended their conversations with the very same words, uncertain they would meet again. See more »

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The piano shown behind jazz singer Dianne Reeves displays the "Steinway" logo on the side - it would not have been displayed on the side of models at that time. See more »

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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, with the news documentary show, "See It Now." He threw stones at giants. Segregation, exploitation of migrant workers, apartheid, J. Edgar Hoover, not the least of which, his historical fight with Senator McCarthy. He ...
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You're Driving Me Crazy
(1930)
Written by Walter Donaldson
Performed by Dianne Reeves
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History Made More Understandable
3 June 2008 | by zeedunnSee all my reviews

I heard about McCarthyism when I was in high school or was it middle school? For me, it's one of those events you hear about but can never truly understand. This movie brought me just a little closer to understanding.

It takes place right in the middle of the "witch hunts" McCarthy instigated back in the 1950s. Various government employees, actors, and other people on the fringe were accused of being part Communists or Communist sympathizers. Perhaps this person was a Russian spy? They do seem suspicious. I saw them reading leftist newspaper articles the other day. Her brother used to be involved with an organization that is now funding the Russians, etc. McCarthy claimed he had a whole list of people that were suspicious characters. And he had evidence! However, it was in a sealed envelope with nothing written on it, and no one had actually seen the contents that could attest to them. The whole thing was suspicion and hearsay. But, it was effective! People were fired from their jobs, shunned from society, and whispered about in corridors. Imagine the shame.

So in this movie, a CBS news correspondent, Edward R. Murrow, decides to challenge McCarthy. He doesn't directly claim that McCarthy is lying. Only that he wants to see what is in all of these evidence reports. After a tug of war for the hearts of the American people, McCarthy is impeached. This may or may not have been a direct result of the Murrow shows, but it was clear the public tide was turning. In this movie, they show how the events surrounding this showdown might have played out on the inside. There are many meetings and threats. There is much brow-wiping and collar twisting. And it makes for a very riveting film.

We see how this whole thing could have blown up in Murrow's face. We see what a risk he took and how the executive producers of the station might have treated him for taking that risk. We see fear and bravery.

This was a 2005 Oscar nominee in 6 categories, none of which it won. But it is a very interesting piece of work. What's amazing is that this event happened on the heels of the Holocaust and Nuremberg trials. The United States had just spent a lot of time pointing fingers at other countries that had let fear and speculation run the day. Many people got sent to concentration camps based on this same type of rumors and hearsay as displayed in this film.

This film makes for riveting entertainment, but don't try to watch it when you are in the mood for something light. This is a fairly clean picture, rated PG. It could be useful in an educational setting.


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