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Good Night, and Good Luck


"Good Night, And, Good Luck." takes place during the early days of broadcast journalism in 1950's America.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Compelling political drama won't engage most kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this drama includes some mild language and nearly non-stop smoking (Murrow's addiction is well known). The notorious Senator Joseph McCarthy appears in news footage, condemning people as "communists" in the HUAC hearings and on television, based on spurious or no evidence. A husband and wife employed by CBS must hide the fact of their marriage because it's against company policy. Coworkers drink at a bar after work. During Murrow's interview with Liberace, the famously gay pianist talks about wanting to find a good woman, something of an inside joke. A journalist is so unnerved by accusations that he's a communist that he kills himself (off screen, but other characters react to the news).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the basic moral and political issues the film raises. What is the news media's role with regard to government corruption, error, and cover-up? How does the film incorporate images of black women -- one in footage being grilled by McCarthy, and another singing in a CBS recording studio -- as comments on the abuse of power by white authorities?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: As an actor, George Clooney is often compared with vintage stars like Cary Grant, but with his latest work he aligns himself with history's great directors.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 14, 2005

Fresh: Mr. Strathairn does capture much of Murrow's formal manner, particularly the measured cadences of his sentences.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, October 20, 2005

Fresh: proves that it is still possible in the cinema, if not in television, to inform without being boring and entertain without condescending.

- Anton Bitel, Eye for Film, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Historical Journalism At It's Best. An historical story of one man's struggle against evil, 'The only thing for evil to prevail is if good men do nothing'. A film that is neither Left nor Right, but rather about good journalism. The ultimate quest for TV to be informative not just entertaining.

- smith44, Friday, February 5, 2010

4 stars

Gorgeous looking perod piece that perfectly nails the look, feel, and atmosphere of news networks in the 1950's. Like, Network, this film makes statements about televised news and information, its power, and how television can either make us zombies, or help us. Unlike Network though, this film is not a satire, but a snapshot-a beautiful portrait on tense times. I'll admit, my attention drifted here and there, but that does not mean Clooney is at fault. It doesn't fee lke it, but there is a plot. It hardly matters though, because this film could be nothing but images and it would still be great to look at.

- cosmo313, Saturday, November 21, 2009

4 stars

This is a story about how the world changed drastically in the 1950's. It?s subtle but this is one of the biggest things to have happened in the last 100 years. Government used to rule but now the press does, you can?t help but think that this story has a lot to do with that. Do you think Clooney released this during the problems in Iraq on purpose? I think this film says a lot more than you might think. It?s also beautifully filmed with some great performances.

- SirPant, Friday, September 25, 2009