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- Commentary by George Clooney and Grant Heslov
- Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles in English, French, & Spanish
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Surround 5.1
- Additional Release Material:
- Additional Scenes
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Audio Commentary:
- George Clooney
- Grant Heslov
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Alex Borstein, Patricia Clarkson, Robert John Burke, Robert Downey Jr., David Strathairn & Rose Abdoo|
|Performer:||Ray Wise, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels, Tate Donovan & Thomas McCarthy|
|Directed by||George Clooney|
|Music by||Dianne Reeves|
|Screenwriting by||George Clooney & Grant Heslov|
|Produced by||Grant Heslov|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Elswit|
|Executive Production by||Steven Soderbergh, Mark Cuban & Todd Wagner|
"[A] passionate, thoughtful essay on power, truth-telling and responsibility."
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Clooney emerges as a powerhouse filmmaker....Clooney has crafted a period piece that speaks potently to [the] here-and-now..."
"David Strathairn plays Murrow, a performance eerily on the money and tinged with irony....The extensive footage of McCarthy is artfully integrated."
"[A] marvel of classic restraint in a hopped-up film culture. Shot in elegant black and white with impeccable ensemble acting and moody jazz riffs for a soundtrack, it wouldn't exist except for the lonely passion of director, co-writer and costar George Clooney."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[W]hen the movie's at is smartest, it's dazzlingly bright....David Stratharin, playing Murrow, follows his writers' lead beautifully, delivering a performance that's all understatement on the surface and searing fire underneath."
"[A]n energized sliver of history, smart, sharp, and lively, staged with enjoyable panache..." -- Grade: B+
"David Strathairn's extraordinary performance dominates the film with its gravitas, pathos and even a streak of deadpan humour."
5 stars out of 5 -- "[C]ontinually astonishing for its poise and its impeccable attention to detail....Clooney achieves his objectives with clarity and concision."
"Righteous and superbly evocative of the era, the film also reacquaints us with a more sophisticated yesteryear, when media stars had principles, spoke in full paragraphs, and faced down the corrupt..."
"Strathairn's subtle and serious Oscar-nominated performance demands the respect of his audience."
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] well-judged and well-timed Clooney lament about the state of television journalism in a trying age..."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] healthy reminder that in any political crisis, history is always the final judge."
Description by OLDIES.com:
That pivotal clash of two titans is the focus of director/co-writer George Clooney's award winning Good Night, and Good Luck. David Strathairn portrays Murrow, the principled "face of televison" who maps his strategy with his producer and confidant, Fred Friendly (Clooney). A deft ensemble plays staff members in the bustling battleground that is the CBS newsroom. McCarthy is in the mix, too, intercut into the action via real-life footage. Don't touch that dial. A media and a nation are going to change - while on the air.
Set almost entirely inside the smoke-filled, pressurized newsrooms at CBS, Clooney's assured picture moves at a breakneck pace. Cinematographer Robert Elswit miraculously recreates the black-and-white look of that era, giving the film an added air of legitimacy. And while Clooney and co-screenwriter/producer Grant Heslov wisely chose to use stock footage of McCarthy instead of finding an actor to fill his shoes, they couldn't have found a better Murrow than Strathairn, who delivers his lines with heroic conviction. Clooney's stellar ensemble cast also includes Ray Wise, Patricia Clarkson, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels, and Frank Langella.
- Theatrical Release: October 7, 2005