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  Good Night, and Good Luck. We will not walk in fear of one another.Buy this film here.
Year: 2005
Director: George Clooney
Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels, Tate Donovan, Thomas McCarthy, Matt Ross, Reed Diamond, Robert John Burke, Grant Heslov, Alex Borstein, Rose Abdoo
Genre: Drama
Rating:  7 (from 3 votes)
Review: Based on a screenplay by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Clooney does a great job of directing not only himself, but other fine actors portraying the pivotal puppets of the McCarthy era in America. The story evolves around the relationship between Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and Fred Friendly (George Clooney), hard drinking, chain smoking men in the CBS news room in New York City in the early 1950's. Their magazine-style news show is known as "See it Now." During this time, Bill Paley (Frank Langella), who controlled CBS with an iron hand in those days, was continuously sparring with Friendly and Murrow over their direct attacks against McCarthy. This type of journalism makes advertisers nervous, as shown by Alcoa's dropping of their sponsorship of the show. Not much has changed in today's television environment.

Clooney chose black and white over color as it obviously recreates the look and feel of the television news and documentaries of the 1950's. Friendly and Murrow plan their attack against Senator Joseph McCarthy in a stealth-like fashion. Their news team includes Joe Wershba (Robert Downey Jr) and Shirley Wershba (Patricia Clarkson) who are secretly married as, in those days, married couples were not allowed to work together at CBS. Eventually, they are outed and one of them has to make the decision to leave the network. Other supporting cast members include Ray Wise as Don Hollenback and Jeff Daniels as Sig Mickelson.

The pace of the film moves quickly as the chemistry and professionalism between Murrow and Friendly is intense in their quest to expose the lies and insanity behind Joe McCarthy and his witch hunt for Communists in Americas. Even the employees at CBS were forced to sign a "loyalty oath" pledging their allegiance to CBS.

The props and re-created studio space are as authentic as possible. Clooney's father was a television presenter, so he had exposure as a child to older-looking newsrooms. They were considerably cramped compared to the modern high-tech newsroom of today's era. Also, they had a blue haze from all the smokers. Murrow always appears on the air in a bespoke Saville Row suit, left over from his radio days in London as a wartime correspondent.

The film is framed by Murrow's 1958 speech at an industry conference, reminding his esteemed colleagues that if we don't retain the integrity of journalism and the news, then television is nothing more than a box full of wires. Perhaps this speech should be aired for some of today's television news people? This film has garnered Clooney a Golden Globe award and others and is nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Screenplay and Best Director categories.
Reviewer: Harlan Whatley

 

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George Clooney  (1961 - )

One of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Clooney became a household name with the TV hospital drama ER before going on to star in films like Three Kings, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Ocean's Eleven and Gravity. Set up production company Section Eight Ltd with Steven Soderbergh, and made a successful directorial debut with the skewed Chuck Barris biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Clooney's second film at the helm was 2005's acclaimed drama Good Night, and Good Luck which he followed with sporting drama Leathernecks, political drama The Ides of March and wartime caper The Monuments Men.

 
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