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Good Night, and Good Luck

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Good Night, and Good Luck
Takes place in the 1950's America, during the early days of broadcast journalism. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba 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 and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental.


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Mar 15, 2015
  • AQUILEA777 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Murrow opposed reckless accusations of Communism, but he assumed that real Communists were evil, and he supported U.S. Cold War intransigence.
The film omits Eisenhower's efforts to subvert popular governments in Iran, Guatemala, Indonesia, Vietnam, Congo, and elsewhere. The U.S. demanded vassalage and sought to ruin vulnerable independent leaders.
In the early 1960's, Murrow was chief of the U.S. Information Agency. He made a propaganda film, THE CHALLANGE OF IDEAS, which claimed the U.S. never meddled in the internal affairs of others, and warned of Soviet aid to emerging nations and Communist calls for peace.
Murrow was involved in early propaganda for the U.S. war in Vietnam, where we would kill 2,000,000 people who had not attacked us, all in the name of stopping Communism.
Murrow smoked incessantly. The film indicates one of his TV sponsors was a cigarette supposedly for the thinking person. How many admiring viewers were influenced by Murrow's vicious example? He died of lung cancer at age 57.

Oct 02, 2014
  • InvernessS rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a smack in the face! I had no idea this film could impress & impact me so much. I knew just enough about McCarthyism & remember the times, but only 50 years later have I fully understood the extent of this complicated issue. It's not fast, no action & one needs to be really attentive. 6 nominations, yet it did not do well at the box office despite the great acting. The last 7 minutes of this film hit me up side the head, sent me to the net in search of the 1958 speech printed & confirmed what I've complained about for the last 15 years - commercial television is pitiful junk, dumbing down America. Thankfully we have PBS. To learn more about ERM & his amazing work in WWII read or listen to Citizens of London.

Aug 20, 2014

Great film! Great jazz score, and a truly uplifting tale of standing up for what you believe in!

Jul 13, 2014
  • kolarte59 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I knew about Sen. McCarthy & the terror he brought with his hearings. No one was out of his reach but I didn't know that the "feud" between McCarthy & Murrow was that heated. This only depicted a brief but sad, dark and uncertain time in America, but it was done well.

Jul 13, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good acting, and good movie. Fails to note the very real danger in opposing McCarthy.

Jun 22, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

David Strahairn this is where I first saw your great acting ability. You were Edward R. Morrow in every aspect. The issue of the movie is standing up to Joseph McCarthy, which in his portray Strahairn shows the strength of Edward R. Morrow. Although everything seemed against Morrow, he stood by his principals and history shows made the right decision. We should have more movies of men and women who show courage to do the right thing when challenged.

Jan 28, 2014

recommended by Michele Gielis

Jul 16, 2013
  • liquiddemons rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent look back at a different time to a very different style of journalism. Oh how we could use an anchor like Mr. Murrow today!

May 29, 2013
  • nipper rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

mccarthyism.....ed murrow journalist....very good

Jan 24, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fine performances, and there were few more important issues (and fight's) for America's well being than those raised in the McCarthy era, and it's all laid out in black and white.

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