Good Night and Good Luck Movie Review Summary

Actors: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Frank Langella

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This movie was directed by George Clooney

Good Night, And Good Luck is a movie about the broadcast journalism in 1950's America. It tells the about a conflict between Edward R. Murrow, who is a television newsman, and Joseph McCarthy who is a Senator. Murrow and his staff are trying to encode the weird tactics of McCarthy. Under the pressure, the CBS, television station, is really confused and trying to find out what is going on between Edward R. Murrow and McCarthy.
The review of this Movie prepared by Vadim Akhanov

In his sophomore directorial effort, George Clooney recreates the ideological battle between newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy during the House UnAmerican Activities' Communist witchhunt in the early 1950's.

Even though we know McCarthy will eventually be disgraced, it's absorbing to watch how Murrow, who helmed a popular CBS news show at the time, ends up vigorously opposing the senator. The newsman treads carefully at first, but with the help of supportive newsroom staffers (including Clooney himself as producer Fred Friendly, Patricia Clarkson and Robert Downey, Jr.), he eventually becomes more vocifierous in his televised attacks. Of particular interest are the negotiations between Murrow and CBS president William Paley. Murrow has to worried about personal backlash, e.g., being labeled a Communist himself and/or losing his job. Paley, however, has to walk a fine line between supporting Murrow, whom he knows is doing the right thing, and not alienating stockholders and commercial sponsors.   

Clooney interweaves crisp black-and-white imagery with actual news footage of McCarthy presiding over the hearings.
The review of this Movie prepared by Elana Starr

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting for free speech/press

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Washington D.C. Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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