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Good Night and Good Luck (HD)

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It's 1953, and the piece of talking furniture called TV is still a novelty in America's living rooms. On it, Sen. Joseph McCarthy uses fear, falsehoods and belligerence to become arguably the most powerful man in the land. On it, newsman Edward R. Murrow, who's had his fill of the senator's tactics, fights back.

That pivotal clash of two titans is the focus of director/co-writer George Clooney's award-winning Good Night, and Good Luck. David Strathairn portrays Murrow, the principled "face of television" who maps his strategy with his producer and confident, Fred Friendly (Clooney). A deft ensemble plays staff members in the bustling battleground that is the CBS newsroom. McCarthy is in the mix, too, intercut into the action via real-life footage. Don't touch that dial. A media and a nation are going to change - while on the air.


Studio Warner
SKU 205520213
UPC 085391181286
UPC 14 00085391181286
Format HD DVD
Release Date 10/2/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Alex Borstein - Actor
Barbara A. Hall - Producer
David Strathairn - Actor
Frank Langella - Actor
George Clooney - Actor
George Clooney - Director
George Clooney - Writer
Grant Heslov - Writer
Jeff Daniels - Actor
Mark Cuban - Executive Producer
Patricia Clarkson - Actor
Robert Downey, Jr. - Actor
Robert Elswit - Cinematographer
Stephen Mirrione - Editor
Tate Donovan - Actor
Winner (2006) Independent Spirit, Robert Elswit, Best Cinematography
Nominee (2006) Oscar, David Strathairn, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Grant Heslov, Best Motion Picture of the Year
Winner (2005) 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
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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Variety
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.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 9
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News The biggest little movie of the year - and one of the best ever about the news media.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly Smart, sharp, and lively.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone An electrifying movie event. One of the year's best.
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