The story of how news anchor Edward R. Murrow waged a one-man war against anti-Communist party leader Senator Joseph McCarthy
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Directed by George Clooney
Written by George Clooney and Grant Heslov
Starring David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels, Frank Langella, Matt Ross
Oscar Nominations - Best Picture, Best Actor
(David Strathairn), Best Director, Best Original Screenplay,
Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction
Good Night, and Good Luck was a brilliant look at the inner workings of the 1953 CBS news team, most notably Edward R. Murrow. Murrow single-handedly challenged the untouchable Joseph McCarthy, an act that could have destroyed his career or gotten him thrown in prison. But Murrow's resolve was strong and he showed the country that the people still had their rights.
David Strathairn played Murrow very realistically, giving him an air of calm likability that so many modern anchors are missing. His performance was great as was the supporting cast, but what really wowed me was the use of actual footage of the McCarthy hearings. Using this footage was genius and gave the film more credibility.
This film shows the strength behind the truth and how this country once believed in honesty and integrity in their news. I admire George Clooney for providing a glimpse into that world and it gave me hope that one day, America will find their resolve once again.