Good Night, and Good Luck

Good Night, and Good Luck Literary Elements


George Clooney

Leading Actors/Actresses

David Strathairn, George Clooney

Supporting Actors/Actresses

Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels, Frank Langella


Historical Drama




Nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Leading Actor for Strathairn, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction

Date of Release

October 7, 2005


Grant Heslov

Setting and Context

The United States, the 1950s

Narrator and Point of View

Through the point of view of narrator Edward R. Murrow

Tone and Mood

Serious, Intriguing, Fun, Educational, and Critical

Protagonist and Antagonist

Edward R. Murrow vs. Joseph McCarthy

Major Conflict

The conflict between Edward R. Murrow and Joseph McCarthy is the major conflict of the film. As Murrow tries to discredit McCarthy's tactics, McCarthy fights back.


When it is announced that McCarthy is being investigated.


Don Hollenbeck's death is foreshadowed by how disheartened he seems by the criticism against him throughout the movie.


Innovations in Filming or Lighting or Camera Techniques

Though not innovative, the film is well-shot. Shot in color, it was transferred to black and white in post-production.


Allusions to history, popular culture, politics, people, literature, and quite a few other things.


When Paley says "I'm with you today Ed, and I'm with you tomorrow," we know this cannot be completely true, because Paley is also in thrall to investors, so there is a limit to his loyalty.