Good Night, And Good Luck.


(out of 5)

The now-forgotten, televised showdown between reporter Edward R. Murrow () and radically conservative senator Joseph McCarthy, who was making headlines for his Communist witch hunt in the early 1950s, makes up the story of this excellent docudrama. Murrow and his producer Fred Friendly (, who also co-wrote and directed) were two of the very few who decided not to give into the fear that was taking over the entire news and entertainment industry, attacking McCarthy head-on and exposing the rhetoric that covered much of his flimsy argumentation. Clooney captures it all beautifully in this precise, slow-moving but deeply fascinating film that benefits from all the clinical detail it possesses. Also featuring performances by , and , the film’s most controversial performance comes from the stock footage of McCarthy himself, whom test audiences felt was “overacting”. This one won’t be for everyone’s taste, but given the political climate in which it was released it is definitely a moral tale that needs to be told, and Strathairn is astoundingly good in the lead.

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USA/United Kingdom/France/Japan2005

Directed by

Screenplay by George Clooney,

Cinematography by

Produced by Grant Heslov

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Awards:  2005

Golden Globe Awards:  2005

Independent Spirit Awards 2005.

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