Good Night, and Good Luck.

October 14th, 2005


Good Night, and Good Luck.

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Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.6/10 (54,938 voted)

Critic's Score: 80/100

Director: George Clooney

Stars: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson

In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator

Writers: George Clooney, Grant Heslov

Jeff Daniels - Sig Mickelson
David Strathairn - Edward R. Murrow
Alex Borstein - Natalie
Rose Abdoo - Millie Lerner
Dianne Reeves - Jazz Singer
Peter Martin - Pianist
Christoph Luty - Bassist
Jeff Hamilton - Drummer
Matt Catingub - Saxophonist
Tate Donovan - Jesse Zousmer
Reed Diamond - John Aaron
Matt Ross - Eddie Scott
Patricia Clarkson - Shirley Wershba
Robert Downey Jr. - Joe Wershba
George Clooney - Fred Friendly

Taglines: We will not walk in fear of one another.


Official Website: Kinowelt [Germany] | Manga Films [Spain] |

Release Date: 14 October 2005

Filming Locations: CBS Television City - 7800 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €591,600 (Italy) (18 September 2005) (174 Screens)

Gross: $31,501,218 (USA) (12 March 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Editing on the film was completed at George Clooney's palatial Italian villa on the shore of Lake Como.

Anachronisms: In several of the scenes with telephone conversations the phones being used were models not introduced until years later and at least twice the handsets use the detachable cord with the RJ-11 plug which was introduced by Bell in the 1970s.

[first lines]
Sig Mickelson: In 1935, Ed Murrow began his career with CBS. When World War II broke out, it was his voice that brought the Battle of Britain home to us, through his "This Is London" radio series. He started with us all, many of us here tonight, when television was in its infancy...

User Review

Come back Mr. Murrow!

Rating: 8/10

My hat to George Clooney. He doesn't take the easy way out. His seriousness of purpose is undeniable and his talents as a filmmaker a concrete reality. This, his second feature, is a no frills account of a period in American history that left visible scars but, as it happens, many have forgotten. History repeats itself but its protagonists seem diluted in this modern obsession with political correctness. David Strathairn - best actor at the Venice Film Festival - is chillingly perfect as Edward R Murrow, reminding us that TV times have changed in an unrecognizable way. The space for real thought on network news has been replaced by the circus atmosphere of 24 hour cable shows with loud mouths, sound effects and video graphics. The inter-cutting between Murrow/Strathairn and the real Senator McCarthy creates the perfect illusion of a startling reality. The timing of the film couldn't be more perfect. I hope we can all fill in the voids and connect the dots. It's time to look back and think before our past becomes our future. Thank you Mr Clooney, thank you very much.


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