Good Night And Good Luck

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This was one of the best movies of 2006, and it comes in a very good DVD transfer (the black-and-white cinematography is very evocative, and looks very sharp), and it's now available at bargain prices, so it's a good deal and highly recommended. It really does capture the feeling of the 1950s, of New York City and television during its early days, and it's fast moving and compelling.

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Gorgeous film

by Mooveychick on 2/23/2006

I was awed by this movie. David Strathairn was incredible, he absolutely deserves the Oscar nomination (possibly even the win). For a black and white film it really is beautiful. It did not lag at all and kept my attention the entire time. I remember, if only slightly, McCarthy's "witch hunt" from high school. However this movie has brought this history lesson to life and in such a pertinent time. Thank you for reading.

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Great Movie for bargain price

by Daryl Chin on 12/31/2007

This was one of the best movies of 2006, and it comes in a very good DVD transfer (the black-and-white cinematography is very evocative, and looks very sharp), and it's now available at bargain prices, so it's a good deal and highly recommended. It really does capture the feeling of the 1950s, of New York City and television during its early days, and it's fast moving and compelling.

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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."


Studio Warner
SKU 202169892
UPC 012569736788
UPC 14 00012569736788
Format DVD
Release Date 11/10/2009
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note 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 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.
New York Times "[A] passionate, thoughtful essay on power, truth-telling and responsibility." 09/23/2005 p.E1
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Clooney emerges as a powerhouse filmmaker....Clooney has crafted a period piece that speaks potently to [the] here-and-now..." 10/20/2005 p.89
USA Today "David Strathairn plays Murrow, a performance eerily on the money and tinged with irony....The extensive footage of McCarthy is artfully integrated." 10/07/2005 p.4E
Los Angeles Times "[A] marvel of classic restraint in a hopped-up film culture. Shot in elegant black and white with impeccable ensemble acting and moody jazz riffs for a soundtrack, it wouldn't exist except for the lonely passion of director, co-writer and costar George Clooney." 10/07/2005 p.E1
Premiere 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[W]hen the movie's at is smartest, it's dazzlingly bright....David Stratharin, playing Murrow, follows his writers' lead beautifully, delivering a performance that's all understatement on the surface and searing fire underneath." 11/01/2005 p.46-48
Entertainment Weekly "[A]n energized sliver of history, smart, sharp, and lively, staged with enjoyable panache..." -- Grade: B 10/14/2005 p.117-119
Sight and Sound "David Strathairn's extraordinary performance dominates the film with its gravitas, pathos and even a streak of deadpan humour." 11/01/2005 p.26
Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "[C]ontinually astonishing for its poise and its impeccable attention to detail....Clooney achieves his objectives with clarity and concision." 03/01/2006 p.122-123
Movieline's Hollywood Life "Righteous and superbly evocative of the era, the film also reacquaints us with a more sophisticated yesteryear, when media stars had principles, spoke in full paragraphs, and faced down the corrupt..." 03/01/2006 p.106
Widescreen Review "Strathairn's subtle and serious Oscar-nominated performance demands the respect of his audience." 05/01/2006 p.66
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] well-judged and well-timed Clooney lament about the state of television journalism in a trying age..." 06/01/2006 p.102
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] healthy reminder that in any political crisis, history is always the final judge." 07/01/2006 p.112
George Clooney
Patricia Clarkson
Robert Downey
David Strathairn
Rose Abdoo
Cast & Crew
Ben Cosgrove - Executive Producer
David Strathairn - Actor
George Clooney - Director
George Clooney - Writer
Grant Heslov - Writer
Mark Cuban - Executive Producer
Patricia Clarkson - Actor
Ray Wise - Actor
Robert Downey, Jr. - Actor
Robert Elswit - Cinematographer
Stephen Mirrione - Editor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 73678
UPC 00012569736788
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (2006) British Academy Awards, Stephen Mirrione, Best Editing,British Academy Awards, Grant Heslov, Best Film,British Academy Awards, George Clooney, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role,British Academy Awards, "George Clooney, Grant Heslov", Best Screenplay - Original,British Academy Awards, George Clooney, David Lean Award for Direction,Golden Globe, George Clooney, Best Director - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, "Good Night, and Good Luck", Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, David Strathairn, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, "George Clooney, Grant Heslov", Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Independent Spirit, George Clooney, Best Director,Independent Spirit, Grant Heslov, Best Feature,Independent Spirit, David Strathairn, Best Male Lead,Oscar, "James D. Bissell, Jan Pascale", Best Achievement in Art Direction,Oscar, Robert Elswit, Best Achievement in Cinematography,Oscar, George Clooney, Best Achievement in Directing,Oscar, Grant Heslov, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Oscar, David Strathairn, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, "George Clooney, Grant Heslov", "Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen"
Winner (2006) Independent Spirit, Robert Elswit, Best Cinematography
Winner (2005) Venice Film Festival, George Clooney, FIPRESCI Prize - Competition,Venice Film Festival, "George Clooney, Grant Heslov", Golden Osella Award - Best Screenplay,Venice Film Festival, George Clooney, Human Right Film Network Award - Special Mention,Venice Film Festival, George Clooney, Pasinetti Award - Best Film,Venice Film Festival, David Strathairn, Volpi Cup - Best Actor
Nominee (2005) Venice Film Festival, George Clooney, Golden Lion Award
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review As a director, Clooney does interesting things. One of them is to shoot in black and white, which is the right choice for this material, lending it period authenticity and a matter-of-factness. In a way, b&w is inevitable, since both Murrow's broadcasts and the McCarthy footage would have been in b&w. Clooney shoots close, showing men (and a few women) in business dress, talking in anonymous rooms. Everybody smokes all of the time. When they screen footage, there is an echo of "Citizen Kane." Episodes are separated by a jazz singer (Dianne Reeves), who is seen performing in a nearby studio; her songs don't parallel the action, but evoke a time of piano lounges, martinis and all those cigarettes. Clooney's message is clear: Character assassination is wrong, McCarthy was a bully and a liar, and we must be vigilant when the emperor has no clothes and wraps himself in the flag. It was Dr. Johnson who said, "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." That was more than 200 years ago. The movie quotes a more recent authority, Dwight Eisenhower, who is seen on TV defending the basic American right of habeas corpus. How many Americans know what habeas corpus means, or why people are still talking about it on TV?
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Review Clooney and his co-scenarist, producer and fellow actor Heslov lay out the contemporary relevance of some of the issues for anyone to see, particularly as regards civil liberties and the existence of an extreme socio-political divide in the United States. But they don't push it, which frees the film from the dreaded limitation of preaching to the choir. In fact, "Good Night, and Good Luck." is the second picture this year from ostensibly liberal-left filmmakers (after the hit Sundance docu "Why We Fight") to use speeches by President Eisenhower to endorse their perspectives on post-war American history. Robert Elswit's agile, lustrous black-and-white lensing mixes beautifully with the vintage 16mm and kinescope material in which McCarthy himself and others are seen. While Clooney's elegant, on-the-move visual style makes no attempt to match the more static, high-contrast look of '50s TV, it is nevertheless highly evocative of it, providing a rich atmosphere for the densely packed drama. All other design elements, from the credible newsroom and studio sets to the detail of the period equipment, are exemplary. Strathairn is first among equals in the exemplary ensemble, with Clooney's vigorous Friendly, Langella's polished and authoritative Paley and the more understated duo of Downey and Clarkson making the strongest impressions.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 9
DVD, B&W, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Additional Scenes, Audio Commentary, Theatrical Trailer, English, French, Spanish Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Clooney,George
Label Warner Home Video
Video Format DVD
Peter Travers, Rolling Syone An electrifying movie event!
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly Smart, sharp, and lively.
USA Today, Chicogo Sun-Times, New York Post, Newsday, The San Francisco Examiner, New York Daily News 4 stars
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone An electrifying movie event. One of the year's best.

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