Good Night, And Good Luck takes place during the early days of US broadcast. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television news pioneer Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and Senator Joseph McCarthy. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, the ground-breaking Murrow, and his dedicated staff, headed by his producers Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba (George Clooney & Robert Downey Jr.) defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on regardless and their tenaciousness eventually pays off when McCarthy is brought before the US Senate. Their legacy has remained intact and even reverberates today as the standard for high quality broadcast journalism.
A highly intelligent piece of film making
- Good Night and Good Luck review by Jean Browne
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You rated this film: 5
First of all, feast your eyes on the black and white - think superb portrait, not grainy old films. The atmosphere of the period is beautifully portrayed and there isn't a poor performance in the film. Yes, it's still highly relevant and should, perhaps, be compulsory viewing for politicians on both sides of the Atlantic. If you aren't sure what the Mcarthey era was about, watch this - a gripping film on all levels.
Still important today
- Good Night and Good Luck review by TB
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You rated this film: 4
The movie tells the story of Ed Murrow of CBS during the mid-50's when McCarthy hunted "communists". It may not be completely historically correct, but in a time when we are in a "War against terrorism" and religious fundamentalists are trying to intimidate journalists, it is worth to repeat that journalists should be independent of money/politics/ideologies in order to investigate politicians who want to "protect" us from evil or minorities who think they should not be subject to criticism/investigative journalism. Seems to capture the time good with a chain-smoking Murrow!
Blend of old and new
- Good Night and Good Luck review by JD
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You rated this film: 3
Footage from the era of fanatical commie paranoia serves to emphasise the reality of this worrying historical fact, that it is easy to fear being victimised and allow bullies to reign. Religions throughout time have had periods of this oppression of free thought, some much more intensely and for much longer. Even now in Western society there are fanatics keen to assert themselves in this way.
The acting of Clooney and Downey is excellent but some is mediocre. The black and white photography was well worked (lots of cigarette smoke curling through rays of back-light).
The reason that I don't rate higher is that it is not a particularly gripping plot nor did I feel the paranoia, which seemed to be the intention of the film. The moral is not new and has been done better.
Satisfying piece of historical interest
- Good Night and Good Luck review by Rubber Ducky
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You rated this film: 4
A really interesting film shot in black and white with a documentary feel to it. It is about the work done by Murrow and his reporting team in 1950's America, when they bravely challenged McCarthy's witch hunt against Communism. It is understated but fascinating with superb performances, especially by Strathairn as Murrow.