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Good Night, and Good Luck (Drury Humanities)

  • Starring: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson
  • Director: George Clooney
  • Genre(s): Drama, History
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 93 min.

Jonathan Groves will lead a post show discussion of the film.
Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty.

Summary: In the mid-1950’s Edward R. Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, help bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee’s anti-Communist hearings. With the platform provided by his CBS News program “See It Now,” Murrow challenges Joseph McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed Communists are working covertly as Soviet spies in the U.S. government, among other allegations, and that they have the power to destroy lives and careers.

"It's a modest but powerful affair, and a fantastic mood piece."
- Dave Calhoun. Time Out
"The biggest little movie of the year [2005] - and one of the best ever about the news media. "
- Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"There's no doubt that the movie gives Murrow his due as one of broadcast journalism's last great figures."
- Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Clooney's message is clear: Character assassination is wrong, McCarthy was a bully and a liar, and we must be vigilant when the emperor has no clothes and wraps himself in the flag."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Clooney makes an elegant argument that something of vital interest is still at stake in this story. It would take a stubborn soul to disagree."
- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Good Night, and Good Luck stands, tall, solid, impressive and expressive joining not only the best films about journalism, but also those about real Americans."
- Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Part docu-drama, part thriller, and part cautionary tale, the movie offers something to everyone who craves more than escapism from the cinema."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"You go to Good Night, and Good Luck expecting inspiration, and you get it. It's also unexpectedly subtle, tense, and challenging, complex both in its take on its subject and in its craftsmanship. So the movie brings you to your feet - and, at times, to tears."
- Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun

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