Set in the 1950s and focusing on the McCarthy era, this film is a timely reminder about integrity - personal, professional and political.

Beautifully filmed, great casting - great music - flawless acting, a great script.

I think this film is George Clooney's debut as a Director ??? if this is the case, he deserves an Oscar for direction, and restraint. This film is a seamless blend of modern and historic footage.

The film doesn't aim to offer any new perspectives, instead I believe it was designed to portray an era and offer a cautious reminder.

In doing so I think this film achieves everything it sets out to do - and avoids the sentimentality that usually sugar-coats American retrospective filmmaking. I give it 10/10.
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Im going to go see this movie today. I would think Clooney made the film to comment about what is going on now with the "war on terrorism" and the Bush administration, because of his past political statements. Any one who has seen this film feel that is what he is doing? If so how does it affect the film as a whole?
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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(website) SYNOPSIS

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.
I must mention the music - again. I think it's divine.

"Dianne Reeves's cool contralto, fronted by a quicksilver combo featuring saxophonist Matt Catingub and pianist Peter Martin, provides the flowing jazz soundtrack to George Clooney's 1950s, film."
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