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GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK


Year: 2005
USA: Warner Independent Pictures
UK: Redbus Film Distribution
Cast: David Strathairn, Robert Downey Jr, Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels, George Clooney, Tate Donovan, Tom McCarthy, Matt Ross, Reed Diamond, Robert John Burke, Grant Heslov, Alex Borstein, Rose Abdoo, Glenn Morshower, Don Creech, Helen Slayton-Hughes, Robert Knepper, JD Cullum, Simon Helberg, Peter Jacobson, Dianne Reeves
Director: George Clooney
Country: USA
USA: 90 mins
UK: 93 mins
USA Rated: PG for mild thematic elements and brief language
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language, mild threat and persecution theme
USA Release Date: 4 November 2005 (Wider release)
USA Release Date: 14 October 2005 (Limited Release - wider)
USA Release Date: 7 October 2005 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 17 February 2006


GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950's America. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R Murrow (David Strathairn) and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations (Government Operations Committee).

With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney) and Joe Wershba (Robert Downey Jr) in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts.' A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on regardless and their tenacity eventually pays off when McCarthy is brought before the Senate and made powerless as his lies and bullying tactics are finally uncovered.










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