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• USA: Feb 3, 2006
Budget USD 7,500,000
Good Night, and Good Luck. Website
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language.
1 hour, 33 minutes
Warner Independent Pictures, 2929 Productions, Participant Productions, Davis-Films, Redbus Pictures, Tohokushinsha Film Corp., Section Eight Ltd., Metropolitan
Studio Warner Independent
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• Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)
|Genre: Drama, Political|
Tagline: We will not walk in fear of one another.
Plot: 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
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If there are movies that appeal primarily to the intellect and others that tug at the heartstrings, Good Night, and Good Luck resides in the former category. In the way it looks back at events with an unblinking eye, the film offers a glimpse of times gone by. Let us hope it is not also peering into the future. This is a fascinating and compelling piece of filmmaking, and its impact is enhanced by the style in which it is presented...
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
...enters the rarified realm of such real life journalism films as “All the President’s Men” and “The Killing Fields.” It doesn’t have the intrigues built so well in those films and doesn’t need it. The battle of wills between the powerful and the just is enough to sustain the film and Clooney keeps it moving briskly from beginning to end. The film is economically told at just over 90 minutes, a true treasure in an important film. Keep this one in mind come year’s end. I give it an A-. A-,A-
--Robin and Laura Clifford
Good Night, and Good Luck occupies a chapter of history when words spoken via television captured a national audience. It should raise the pulse and bubble the red blood of any audience members proud enough to call themselves Americans. A
--Sean O'Connell (Flipsidemovies.com)
...Well, that’s exactly what Clooney and Co. have given us, a civics lesson. But you could hardly ask for a better one.
--Chris Barsanti (FilmCritic.com)
George Clooney steps into a new realm with this film. Good Night, and Good Luck is the best work we’ve seen from him.
--Julian Roman (MovieWeb)
This isn’t just a first-rate piece of literate filmmaking, it accomplishes what the best films should do. It holds up a mirror to its audience and allows it to look at itself and the world in a different way. After seeing GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, looking at the news, or commercials, for that matter, in the same old way becomes perfectly impossible.
--Andrea Chase (Killer Movie Reviews)
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