Good Night, and Good Luck

Good Night, and Good Luck

DVD - 2006
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Takes place in the 1950's America, during the early days of broadcast journalism. 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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]
ISBN: 9781419818202
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 25, 2018

A most excellent film, especially timely considering today's political climate. "The more things change, the more they stay the same."

Feb 07, 2018

This movie made me want to go to bed. I'm sorry I wasted the time.

An illuminating movie on the shameful McCarthy era of Republican witch-hunts for Communists under every bed. Now, the Republicans - without shame - are in bed with the Communists and witch-hunting for scientists and atheists under every bed.

Dec 07, 2016

One of two fairly instructive movies on the McCarthy era in American politics - and certainly germane to what is going on in this country today. The one documents the struggle that TV journalism has with the profit motive of the corporations that control their content and salaries. The other move is "Trumbo" about a black-listed screenwriter from the same era - a much more entertaining and personal movie, told from the POV of the unfairly prosecuted.

Nov 07, 2016

Will make you want to go to sleep early.

Jul 09, 2016

A brilliant performance by David Strathairn as TV journalist Edward R. Murrow and his opposition to Senator McCarthy's communist witch hunt of the early 1950's. Good supporting work from George Clooney as producer Fred Friendly.

May 21, 2016

Like so many of George Clooney's efforts, I enjoyed the subject and am in agreement with the flavour, but felt this did not go far enough to make the social statement he may have wanted; especially in light of current American politics. This film needed more context and definitely a summary statement at the end. I was surprised by the lack of content showing the harrassment of many in Hollywood and the entertainment community. Many famous stars, writers, etc., were the subject of unsubstantiated accusations. Also it was later determined that McCarthy was himself hiding great secrets. Definitely not the statement I am sure Clooney was reaching for.

Dec 03, 2015

I loved the fact that this movie is black and white. I feel like it added a little something extra to the film. The soundtrack and the acting is superb.

Apr 30, 2015

Am in full agreement with commenter, AQUILEA777 - - this film is purely, purely fictional! The push back really came against McCarthy when he claimed that a member of the Business Advisory Council was a commie [today renamed the Business Council, and still extraordinarily powerful] - - and then the Elites decided enough of McCarthy was enough! Unable to rate a fictional film presented as factual. Murrow was as credible as Dan Rather, who was just an empty teleprompter reader.

Mar 15, 2015

Murrow opposed reckless accusations of Communism, but he assumed that real Communists were evil, and he supported U.S. Cold War intransigence.
The film omits Eisenhower's efforts to subvert popular governments in Iran, Guatemala, Indonesia, Vietnam, Congo, and elsewhere. The U.S. demanded vassalage and sought to ruin vulnerable independent leaders.
In the early 1960's, Murrow was chief of the U.S. Information Agency. He made a propaganda film, THE CHALLANGE OF IDEAS, which claimed the U.S. never meddled in the internal affairs of others, and warned of Soviet aid to emerging nations and Communist calls for peace.
Murrow was involved in early propaganda for the U.S. war in Vietnam, where we would kill 2,000,000 people who had not attacked us, all in the name of stopping Communism.
Murrow smoked incessantly. The film indicates one of his TV sponsors was a cigarette supposedly for the thinking person. How many admiring viewers were influenced by Murrow's vicious example? He died of lung cancer at age 57.

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Feb 14, 2018

Coarse Language: Brief foul language.


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Feb 07, 2018

William Paley: There's a Knickerbocker game tonight, I've got front row seats. Are you interested?

Edward R. Murrow: I'm a little busy bringing down the network tonight, Bill.


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