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Good Night, and Good Luck (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) (2005)

David Strathairn , George Clooney , George Clooney  |  PG |  HD DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels, Alex Borstein
  • Directors: George Clooney
  • Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • Producers: Barbara A. Hall, Ben Cosgrove, Chris Salvaterra, Grant Heslov, Jeff Skoll
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEVZ8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,992 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Good Night, and Good Luck (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)" on IMDb

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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, 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. 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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"Good Night, And, Good Luck." takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950's America. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:with George Clooney and Grant Heslov
Theatrical Trailer


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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Television's only proud moment May 30, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie will be attacked, and for all the wrong reasons. It will be interpreted as a piece of leftist agit-prop. It will be attacked for being filmed in black and white and entirely indoors. But these complaints should not make the potential viewer think that this movie is not worth the watching. That is incredibly wrong.

GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK captures a piece of time which is rapidly moving from current events to history. This is sad. The great Edward R. Murrow's meritorious dedication to the integrity of journalism is fast fading from the American memory. And while GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK only examines one aspect of his long career, what an aspect it is! Murrow's pit-bull grip to bring down the infamous Joseph McCarthy was probably the highlight of his career. (Unfortunately, it also relegated both men to the "back row" of their professions, in the long run.) Some people have read about how political cartoonist, Thomas Nast, brought down Boss Tweed in the 19th Century. Some people remember how Woodward and Bernstein were an integral part of forcing Nixon out of office. But this journalist's contribution to restoring sanity to America during the 1950s is hardly remembered, and not at all talked about in schools (unless you take a journalism class--and that's maybe!)

The performances are wonderful. Strathairn IS Edward R. Murrows: remarkably understated and still very intense. George Clooney, as Fred Friendly, is his perfect foil--very extroverted and constantly joking. It was good to see Robert Downey Jr. take such a serious role, again. His portrayal of Chaplin is the last serious thing I think he did. Jeff Daniels was perfectly cast as the tooth grinding stuffed shirt, and Frank Langella was on-the-money as the powerful William Paley, owner of CBS.
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146 of 178 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Clash of Titans October 20, 2005
Format:Theatrical Release
One of the great things about George Clooney's "Good Night and Good Luck" is that you need not know anything about Senator Joe McCarthy or Edward R. Murrow to appreciate the importance and drama of their 50 year old conflict played out on TV in the every home, every night here in the US and around the world a half century ago.
Gloriously shot in evocative black and white and expertly directed by George Clooney with a sensitive eye towards the 1950's milieu of this story: stock footage of McCarthy is seamlessly and cleverly blended with new, "GNAGL" is made as contemporary and palpably current as this morning's newspaper.
David Strathairn plays Murrow as a conflicted man: inexorably drawn to the pursuit of truth and the uncovering of those that would attempt to obscure it yet always aware that his position as television's conscience requires of him a certain amount of decorum. His portrayal is marked by both a frantic restraint and a quiet passion that speaks to the very best in all of us.
"Good Night and Good Luck" is a daring, sophisticated movie that holds its audience in the highest regard: never once dumbing down its cogent story in order to win us over. It is a film that demands a lot of us, but our payback is in the invaluable and irrevocable currency of understanding and tolerance.
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124 of 155 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bodes well for Clooney's future behind the camera! November 6, 2005
Format:Theatrical Release
Black and white, and set in 50's America, "Good Night and Good Luck" is the sign off slogan of one of America's greatest journalists and early television pioneers, Edward R. Murrow. Murrow made his bones in WWII as a correspondent, and continued with a distinguished career as a journalist and radio/television newsman at CBS in the 50's and early 60's.

"Good Night and Good Luck" is a jewel of a film for the history buff who still shakes their head at the paranoia and all encompassing aspects of the McCarthy witch hunt in the 50's. I think you just had to be alive then, and feeling the fear we all felt of the Cold War and the specter of Communism, to understand how this land could have been misled and led by the nose thanks to the "junior Senator from Wisconsin".

Some reviewers say that the clash between Murrow and McCarthy, between a free television press and television that is simply an entertainment venue, is as engrossing for those who aren't fully aware of that era of our history, as it is for those of us who lived then. Perhaps, but I think not. Part of what makes the film a success is the director's infallible instinct in recreating the 50's...from the prevalence of smoking to the clothes, sets and dialogue of those who lived through the era.

What a marvelous piece of imagery it was to utilize only filmclips of McCarthy in the movie, instead of getting an actor's portrayal. With this film, Geoge Clooney fully establishes himself as a force to be reckoned with, in filmmaking. Directing, assisting with the script, and acting the part of Edward R. Murrow's boss, Fred Friendly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated docudrama February 4, 2007
Format:DVD
This is George Clooneys masterpiece - and its easy to see why he made it now, as the issues brought out in the movie are so easily transposed to current day. The movie faithfully depicts, through faithful reproduction of his monologues as well as actual footage, the sequence of programmes Ed Murrow made exposing McCarthy and ulimtately playing a part in bringing about his downfall. This is mixed with the drama of what was going on behind the scenes and the real cost of telling it like it was at a time when fear was king, and telling the truth had real consequences.

This is a talking heads movie - there is no flash bang effects, or tense scenes. It's all about what was being said, and why it was being said. Even then, you have to listen pretty hard because Clooney has used a verite style of people talking as they do in real life, overlapping and not always talking in neat sentences.. except for those masterful monologues. The movie is in black and white, which does not detract but rather accentuates the drama both by making it feel authentically of its time, and bringing out rich detail of the characters expressions and nuances.. and as a sidenote, cigarette smoke has never looked more beautiful, almost a character in itself at times - how jarring it is to see one of the most respected newscasters, with cigarette in hand while addressing the nation!

The acting is simply perfect - Strathairn is knockout as Murrow, and must have spent ages poring over his newsacst to so faithfully recreate him, and do so with so much heart.

For me the movie had two messages - one, the obvious political one, and the other - the state of television today. There is nothing on TV now that comes close to the intelligence and impact of Murrow's pieces.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
David Strathairn is flawless in this film. I feel he's the one person who could take on this iconic person in History. Read more
Published 20 days ago by jontae foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Non-Comedy
There was lots of praise for this film when it came out, but I'll repeat some of it, because I CAN.

David Strathairn is to Murrow what Phillip Seymour Hoffman was to... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Daniel G. Schaeffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a must watch
This movie is a striking reminder of how frightening the misuse of power can be. I have watched it a few times, first by myself and then with my teenage kids.
Published 22 days ago by Lisa Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars How Did McCarthy Fit In?
These were very lazy writers who used a scissors and pastepot to produce their script. Missing entirely is reasonable reference to the McCarthy story, which was the reason and... Read more
Published 23 days ago by William S. Beller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
I have always thought this was one of the best movies ever made especially in more recent years! The acting is top notch and George Clooney does an excellent job of directing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by schottone
5.0 out of 5 stars Journalism at it's best...
This movie is much over looked and is truly one the best I have watched. It is a real sleeper in that they do not try to run you over with drama that is drummed up, but rather let... Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Sebastian
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely captures the story
I really enjoyed this movie. The black and white imagery, the character portrayals, all were done very well. I don't say this often, but I wish it had been a little longer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Lach
3.0 out of 5 stars Was great movie when i watched it
Now I hardly remember much the story... More political.... I like spy game and this is not exactly of that same class...
Published 2 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for classeork
Thought provoking and good to introduce students to McCarthyism. Students are exposed to black and white film. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Karenb
4.0 out of 5 stars Journalistic drama
Excellent performances, unique method of having McCarthy portrayed by his own video footage. Movie also touchs on some important journalistic principles such as letting your... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Friedman
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