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Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)

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Coming Out at 16 September 2005 in theaters

Biography, Drama, History

Good Night, and Good Luck is historical drama film directed by George Clooney, and starring David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., and Frank Langella. The movie was written by Clooney and Grant Heslov (both of whom also have acting roles in the film), and portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow (Strathairn) and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-Communist Senator’s actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Although released in black and white, it was filmed on color film stock, but on a grayscale set, and was color-corrected to black and white during post-production. It focuses on the theme of media responsibility, and also addresses what occurs when the media offers a voice of dissent from government policy. The movie takes its title (which ends with a period or full stop) from the line with which Murrow routinely signed off his broadcasts.

The setting is 1953, during the early days of television broadcast journalism. Edward R. Murrow, along with his news team, producer Fred Friendly and reporter Joseph Wershba, learn of U.S. Air Force officer Milo Radulovich, who is being forcibly discharged because of family members being known communists and his refusal to denounce them.

Interest is piqued when it is found that the compilation of charges at Radulovich’s hearing was in a sealed envelope and nobody saw them. Murrow presents the story to CBS News’ director, Sig Mickelson, who warns Murrow that the story will bring serious accusations and repercussions to CBS and their sponsors, some of whom have government contracts. He reluctantly allows the story to air, which gains positive responses from the public.

Director: George Clooney

Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov

Stars: David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey, Jr., Frank Langella

Cast:

Jeff DanielsSig Mickelson
David StrathairnEdward R. Murrow
Alex BorsteinNatalie
Rose AbdooMili Lerner
Dianne ReevesJazz Singer
Peter MartinPianist
Christoph LutyBassist
Jeff HamiltonDrummer
Matt CatingubSaxophonist
Tate DonovanJesse Zousmer
Reed DiamondJohn Aaron
Matt RossEddie Scott
Patricia ClarksonShirley Wershba
Robert Downey Jr.Joe Wershba
George ClooneyFred Friendly
Tom McCarthyPalmer Williams
Glenn MorshowerColonel Anderson
Don CreechColonel Jenkins
Grant HeslovDon Hewitt
Robert John BurkeCharlie Mack
Ray WiseDon Hollenbeck
Robert KnepperDon Surine
Helen Slayton-HughesMary
Frank LangellaWilliam Paley
Simon HelbergCBS Page
JD CullumStage Manager
Peter JacobsonJimmy
John KepleyCBS Lawyer #1
David Paul ChristianCBS Lawyer #2
Joyce LasleyMake-Up Girl
Bill BlairTV Studio Crewman
Felix J. BoyleProminant Chicagoan
Roy M. Cohn (archive footage)
Ray DonnReporter
Joseph DowdReporter
Dwight D. Eisenhower(archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy(archive footage)
Liberace(archive footage)
Bruna MatsinSig Mickelson’s Wife
Joseph McCarthy(archive footage)
John L. McClellan(archive footage)
Katharine Phillips MoserJesse’s Wife
Milo Radulovich(archive footage)
Alexana ThomasSenator’s Wife
Rochelle WarnerSpeech Wife
Joseph N. Welch(archive footage)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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