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Good Night, and Good Luck (Widescreen Edition)

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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. CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to take a stand and challenge.

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Audio Commentary: with George Clooney and Grant Heslov Documentary: Good Night, and Good Luck companion pieceAudio Commentary: with George Clooney and Grant Heslov Documentary: Good Night, and Good Luck companion pieceAudio Commentary: with George Clooney and Grant Heslov Documentary: Good Night, and Good Luck companion pieceAudio Commentary: with George Clooney and Grant Heslov Documentary: Good Night, and Good Luck companion pieceAudio Commentary: with George Clooney and Grant Heslov Documentary: Good Night, and Good Luck companion pieceAudio Commentary: with George Clooney and Grant Heslov Documentary: Good Night, and Good Luck companion piece

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  • Actors: David Strathairn, Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise
  • Directors: George Clooney
  • Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • Producers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Steven Soderbergh, Ben Cosgrove, Jennifer Todd
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (538 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1NXJ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Good Night, and Good Luck (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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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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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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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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I understand that 2006 was an unusually tight race for the top films, but Good Night and Good Luck deserved far more recognition than it got. I greatly admired Hoffman in Capote; you could see him creating an amazing character. Then I saw Strathairn playing Murrow, and realized that he was so good you couldn't even see the work being done -- he just fits into the skin of the character and lives there.

I strongly recommend watching this film along with The Edward R. Murrow Collection on DVD. This collection includes an excellent documentary on Murrow ("This Reporter"), and also many episodes of his shows, including See It Now. It also shows very clearly just how well Clooney was able to get every detail exact in this film. At a time when Hollywood feels free to bend and twist historical accuracy to create an exciting film, this movie shows us how it's possible to create an entirely accurate film that also keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Five Stars!
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