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"6 Academy Award Nominations, Including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay."
|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.Running Time: 93 min.Format: BLU-RAY DISC|
"Smart, sharp, and lively. Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"An electrifying movie event. One of the year's best. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteWith 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 Strathairn, who delivers his lines with heroic conviction. Clooney's stellar ensemble cast also includes Ray Wise, Patricia Clarkson, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels, and Frank Langella.
Cast & Crew
|Robert Downey, Jr.|
|Barbara A. Hall - Producer|
|George Clooney - Director|
|George Clooney - Writer|
|Grant Heslov - Writer|
|Mark Cuban - Executive Producer|
|Robert Elswit - Cinematographer|
|Stephen Mirrione - Editor|
|Independent Spirit, Robert Elswit, Best Cinematography|
|Oscar, David Strathairn, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role|
|Oscar, Grant Heslov, Best Motion Picture of the Year|
|Venice Film Festival, George Clooney, FIPRESCI Prize - Competition|
|Venice Film Festival, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Golden Osella - Best Screenplay|
|Venice Film Festival, George Clooney, Human Rights Film Network Award - Special Mention|
|Venice Film Festival, George Clooney, Pasinetti Award - Best Film|
|Venice Film Festival, David Strathairn, Volpi Cup - Best Actor|