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Good Luck, and Good Night (2005)

Movie Grade A

McCarthyism Connection Grade A+

McCarthyism Connection
The movie portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-Communist Senator's actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

Historical / drama


Jack   A
Roger Ebert   ****
IMDB    7.9

   The thing I liked best about this movie was that it was very restrained. The creators knew they didn't have to represent Senator McCarthy as an ogre. The let Senator Joe talk for himself and that was more than good enough.

   The most interesting parts of the movie were the film clips of Senator McCarthy himself. The movie is so well done that I often thought I was watching a documentary. The movie also did a very good job of portraying the paranoia of the times. The following dialogue shows the care with which Murrow entered the fray.

"Fellas, our next show is gonna be about Senator McCarthy.
And we're gonna go right at him.
I don't need to tell you how careful we have to be."
This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methods... keep silent, or for those who approve.
We can deny our heritage and our history...
...but we cannot escape responsibility for the results.
We proclaim ourselves, indeed as we are...
...the defenders of freedom wherever it continues to exist in the world...
...but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin...
...have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad...
...and given considerable comfort to our enemies.
And whose fault is that? Not really his.
He didn't create this situation of fear...
...he merely exploited it, and rather successfully.
Cassius was right.
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves."
Good night, and good luck.

   Great dialogue, great acting, great movie.