Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy ignited feelings of paranoia & fear with his "witch hunts" of suspected Communists in the 50's. CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow decided that McCarthy was as wrong as wrong could be on a number of counts, and exposed him on the air on TV.
This conflict was the basis for George Clooney's "Good Night, & Good Luck", which takes its title from Murrow's signature tagline. Nominated for six Oscars, "Good Night" was filmed in black & white, as opposed to color, to reflect the subject matter. Clooney himself plays producer Fred Friendly, with David Straithairn headlining as Murrow. Clooney and co-writer Grant Heslov opted to use archived footage of McCarthy rather than undertake the arduous task of finding an actor for the part. The ensemble cast also includes Jeff Daniels (currently in the HBO series, The Newsroom), Patricia Clarkson, Robert Downey, Jr., & Alex Borstein (Family Guy, MadTV).
In order to fund the movie, Clooney got help from a number of sources, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Like, whodathunk?
Straithairn is spot on as Murrow, and rightfully earned a nomination for Best Actor, as did Clooney for Best Director.
LionsgatemoviesUK uploaded the trailer: