Look forward to hearing your review work4rymes
Yes the film is an obvious parallel to what is happening today, but it is set firmly and convincingly in the 1950's. Rather than 'hitting everyone over the head' with his message, Clooney chooses to tell his story via the newsteam at CBS and in particular on air broadcaster Edward Murrow.
I think the film was made more for those of us who weren't around in the McCarthy era, to prompt discussion and further reading. I don't think there was time enough in this film to delve any more deeply without becoming a political documentary - whereby only the audience for political documentaries would go see it.
Yes, I'd love to hear from people about the McCarthy era per se. From what I hear GW is putting together his own list of people who've been speaking out against the war in Iraq. History repeating itself??
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The year is 1953, television is still in its infancy and the esteemed broadcast journalist, Edward R. Murrow (DAVID STRATHAIRN), anchors the popular news documentary show, See it Now, on CBS. Murrow, alongside producer Fred Friendly (GEORGE CLOONEY), oversees a show that reports on the news items of the day. He also hosts the talk show "Person to Person," yet "the face of television" is happiest as a news reporter.
The CBS TV newsroom is a constant hive of activity with secretaries typing, AP and UPI wires clicking away and the bustling of camera crews. Murrow has a dedicated crew of reporters that includes Don Hewitt (GRANT HESLOV), Joe Wershba (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.), Palmer Williams (TOM MCCARTHY), Jesse Zousmer (TATE DONOVAN), John Aaron (REED DIAMOND), Charlie Mack (ROBERT JOHN BURKE) and Eddie Scott (MATT ROSS). All these men will become broadcast legends, but right now, their careers are just beginning. They get together to screen the various topics of the day and discuss potential stories.