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  • Published: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]
  • Year Published: 2006
  • Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Rated: PG

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  • 1419818201 :
  • 012569736788

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Originally released as a motion picture in 2005.

Special features: Deleted scenes; commentary with George Clooney and Grant Heslov.

David Strathairn, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels, George Clooney, Tate Donovan, Tom McCarthy.

Takes place in the 1950's America, during the early days of broadcast journalism. It chronicles the real-life conflict between television newsman Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff - headed by his producer Fred Friendly and Joe Wershba in the CBS newsroom - defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist 'witch-hunts'. A very public feud develops when the Senator responds by accusing the anchor of being a communist. In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity will prove historic and monumental.

DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, DVD-9, dual layer.

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For Those Who Like to -Think- While Watching a Movie

Those of you who like action-packed movies full of gratuitous explosions and sex scenes probably should not pick up this movie for your Saturday night entertainment. However, if you are looking to be more than simply entertained but also challenged to think about issues that still hold importance in today's world, this movie is an excellent choice.
Fighting against McCarthy's tactics and spread of fear in a world terrified at the possible spread of communism, Murrow challenges Americans to note of the actions being taken, to question the trials without due process of law and the people condemned simply by hearsay, and to not be conquered by fear. This film shows his struggle and the struggle of his co-workers and friends in their bid to bring McCarthy's injustices to light.

While fighting for Americans to cry out to protect their civil liberties and the principles upon which the US was founded, Murrow also takes a moment to call to American's attention the role of TV. While this is a secondary line to the main plot, it is important to note that the final lines of the movie directly relate the the entire premise of the film and what Murrow was trying to accomplish in a world benumbed to hard issues. In many ways, this secondary theme reminds me of Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death, an excellent volume for anyone interested in pursuing this line of thought and study.

To sum, this is a thought-provoking film that steps beyond the era depicted to have relevance across time. It is certainly a film that is well-worth watching.

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