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Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: March 14th, 2006

PG|1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary
When Senator Joseph McCarthy begins his foolhardy campaign to root out Communists in America, CBS News impresario Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) dedicates himself to exposing the atrocities being committed by McCarthy's Senate "investigation." Murrow is supported by a news team that includes long-time friend and producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney). The CBS team does its best to point out the senator's lies and excesses, despite pressure from CBS' corporate sponsors to desist.

Cast: David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Frank Langella, Ray Wise, Robert John Burke

Director: George Clooney

Genres: Biography, Historical drama

Production Co: Warner Independent Pictures, Metropolitan, Section Eight Ltd., 2929 Productions

Keywords: Engaging, Underdog, Quest, 1950s, Cool

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  • Many movies these days are too long; this one, at 90 minutes, feels too short. That's because its purpose is so sharply defined: a tight close-up, in black and white, of a single, seminal moment -- a black and white moment -- in American history, and American journalism.

  • Moviegoers who know their American political history will respond to the film's immediacy and forgive the film's tight focus and narrow view. Anyone hoping for an entertaining drama about newsmen and politics along the lines of "All the President's Men" will be disappointed. show more

  • Urgent and stunning movie. show more

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Awards

Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)