Good Night, And Good Luck

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A passionate and concise cinematic civics lesson, Good Night, And Good Luck has plenty to say about today's political and cultural climate, and its ensemble cast is stellar.



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In the mid-1950's Edward R. Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, help bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee's anti-Communist hearings. With the platform provided by his CBS News program "See It Now," Murrow challenges Joseph McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed Communists are working covertly as Soviet spies in the U.S. government, among other allegations, and that they have the power to destroy lives and careers.


David Strathairn
as Edward R. Murrow
Patricia Clarkson
as Shirley Wershba
George Clooney
as Fred Friendly
Jeff Daniels
as Sig Mickelson
Robert Downey Jr.
as Joe Wershba
Frank Langella
as William Paley
Ray Wise
as Don Hollenbeck
Tate Donovan
as Jesse Zousmer
Reed Diamond
as John Aaron
Tom McCarthy
as Palmer Williams
Matt Ross
as Eddie Scott
Robert John Burke
as Charlie Mack
Grant Heslov
as Don Hewitt
Rose Abdoo
as Millie Lerner
Glenn Morshower
as Colonel Anderson
Don Creech
as Colonel Jenkins
Robert Knepper
as Don Surine
JD Cullum
as Stage Manager
Simon Helberg
as CBS Page
Dianne Reeves
as Jazz Singer
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  • Feb 16, 2016
    A great image and fine acting can't save the film from feeling lifeless, and at times, even turgid.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2015
    George Clooney's "Good Night, and Good Luck." is a striking take on the cultural and political climate of the 1950s. Using aesthetic elements, strong dialogue and well-rounded performances from a star-studded cast, the film makes for a powerful depiction of society then & now. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2013
    George Clooney uses David Strathairn to full use in this often engaging look at Edward Murrow and his role in breaking the tyranny of McCarthyism at the height of the Cold War.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2013
    Smart, succinct and splendidly lensed, "Good Night, and Good Luck" is more about its cast than anything. The likes of Jeff Daniels, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Frank Langella, Tom McCarthy, Ray Wise and Robert Downey, Jr. offer solid support to David Strathairn, who is marvelously composed and understated in his performance.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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