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Good Night, and Good Luck

  PG HD Closed Captioning

George Clooney

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Plot Summary

"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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 216
  • Fresh: 201
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A sleek broadcast journalism procedural. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Mr. Strathairn does capture much of Murrow's formal manner, particularly the measured cadences of his sentences. – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Apr 25, 2007

Fresh: 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. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Rarely moving a facial muscle except to exhale smoke and brimstone, Strathairn wonderfully recaptures Murrow's deadpan delivery style. – Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A Masterpiece. Shows how evil government can become- and how people must stand up for their rights.

This is a 'period piece' as they call it, about the witchhunting that went on due to the reckless power grabbing of Senator McCarthy during the anti-communist era. Watching this is a relfection of our own time, when merely questioning the actions of the American government can label you as "anti-American" or "unpatriotic". What I particularly liked about this film is how it gives insight into television programming back in those times. One man sat in front of a camera and spoke intelligently and informatively, and Americans actually listened. It really made me wonder about why America tolerates all these political psuedo-journalists on the t.v. and radio these days. During the Bush Administration there were stories about how Bush actually paid politcal commentators to say what they wanted - to propogandize. David Strathairn actually does a good job portraying Edward Murrow, although the real Murrow looked a bit more friendly on t.v. in real life. The supporting actors all do a good job of showing how tough it really was for freedom of speech during the incitement of hate in those days. In the end, they did their job, because McCarthyism faded, along with the man himself. This movie is a testament to the brave people who stood up to a monster. George Clooney should also get credit for good directing, and being a bit of an activist himself.


In an ocean of movies that try to entertain us with simplistic half-truths, and gratuitist "eye-candy", it is refreshing to find two hours of celluloid that reminds us of where we have been, how smart we can be, and doesn't require nudity, special effects, fast cars, or utter B.S. Instead, (for those of us who actually care about our country) we can be fascinated, awestruck, intrigued, and be taken aback by something that took place in this country only a short time ago, as to be able to leave the theater both satisfied, and angered, by something as simple as a movie. BRAVO TO GEORGE CLOONEY AND GRANT HESLOV!! BRAVO!! Isn't it funny how art does mimic life?!?

Amazing Historical Film

This film is absolutely amazing. Clooney did a fabulous job in capturing the fear of the McCarthy Era and the Red Scare. It shows how the courage of one man inspired many and eventually led to the destruction of the career of a man who had destroyed so many others. Every actor in this did a fabulous job and it is a film that should be watched to remind us that no matter what fear we may face abroad we can never abandone our principles at home.

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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2005

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