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The Front -- A blacklisted writer has a friend act as a front for his TV scripts. The front becomes famous and falls in love with a script editor. He has to face the truth when he is called before an investigative committee to testify.


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Release Date:
17 September 1976 (USA) See more »
America's Most Unlikely Hero.
A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Woody Allen ... Howard Prince

Zero Mostel ... Hecky Brown
Herschel Bernardi ... Phil Sussman

Michael Murphy ... Alfred Miller

Andrea Marcovicci ... Florence Barrett
Remak Ramsay ... Hennessey
Marvin Lichterman ... Myer Prince
Lloyd Gough ... Delaney

David Margulies ... Phelps
Joshua Shelley ... Sam
Norman Rose ... Howard's Attorney

Charles Kimbrough ... Committee Counselor

Josef Sommer ... Committee Chairman (as M. Josef Sommer)

Danny Aiello ... Danny LaGattuta

Georgann Johnson ... T. V. Interviewer
Scott McKay ... Hampton

David Clarke ... Hubert Jackson
I.W. Klein ... Bank Teller
John Bentley ... Bartender
Julie Garfield ... Margo
Murray Moston ... Boss
MacIntyre Dixon ... Harry Stone (as McIntyre Dixon)
Rudolph Willrich ... Tailman (as Rudolph Wilrich)
Burt Britton ... Bookseller
Albert Ottenheimer ... School Principal (as Albert M. Ottenheimer)
William Bogert ... Parks
Joey Faye ... Waiter
Marilyn Sokol ... Sandy
John J. Slater ... T. V. Director
Renee Paris ... Girl In Hotel Lobby (as Renée Paris)
Gino Gennaro ... Stage Hand
Joan Porter ... Myer's Wife
Andrew Bernstein ... Alfred's Child
Jacob Bernstein ... Alfred's Child
Matthew Tobin ... Man At Party
Marilyn Persky ... His Date

Sam McMurray ... Young Man At Party
Joe Jamrog ... F B I Man
Michael B. Miller ... F B I Man (as Michael Miller)

Lucy Lee Flippin ... Nurse
Jack Davidson ... Congressman
Donald Symington ... Congressman
Pat McNamara ... Federal Marshal (as Patrick McNamara)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mamie Eisenhower ... Herself (archive footage)
Ethel Rosenberg ... Herself (archive footage)
Joseph Bergmann ... Demonstrator (uncredited)

Carson Grant ... Eddy Waiter (uncredited)
Stephen Hayes ... Alfred's child (uncredited)
Lauren Simon ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Frankie Verroca ... Hotel Bellman (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Ritt 
Writing credits
Walter Bernstein (written by)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... associate producer
Charles H. Joffe .... executive producer
Martin Ritt .... producer
Jack Rollins .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Michael Chapman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sidney Levin 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Art Direction by
Charles Bailey 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
Makeup Department
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist
Philip Leto .... hair stylist (as Phil Leto)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert P. Cohen .... dga trainee
Howard Himmelstein .... dga trainee
Peter R. Scoppa .... assistant director (as Peter Scoppa)
Ralph S. Singleton .... second assistant director (as Ralph Singleton)
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joseph Caracciolo)
Marjorie Kellogg .... assistant art director
Bruno Robotti .... master scenic artist
Sound Department
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Beckert .... sound re-recording mixer
Vito L. Ilardi .... boom operator (as Vito Ilardi)
John H. Newman .... sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer
James G. Stewart .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Stewart)
Roger Pietschmann .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... matte effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Johnson .... second assistant camera
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Tibor Sands .... first assistant camera
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Robert Ward .... key grip
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Peggy Farrell .... wardrober: ladies
George Newman .... wardrober: men
Editorial Department
Hy Friedman .... assistant editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Transportation Department
James Fanning .... transportation captain
Other crew
B.J. Bjorkman .... script supervisor
Peter Burrell .... location manager
Christopher Cronyn .... location manager (as Chris Cronyn)
Patricia Crown .... production assistant
Golda David .... assistant to producer
David Garfield .... production assistant
Sam Goldrich .... production auditor (as Samuel Goldrich)
Lois Kramer Hartwick .... production office coordinator (as Lois Kramer)
Scott MacDonough .... unit publicist (as Scott Mac Donough)
Susan McMahon .... payroll
Beth Rudin .... production assistant
Dennis Kear .... stand-in: Woody Allen (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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95 min
Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:ATP | Chile:(Banned) (original rating) (1977-2002) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:12 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | USA:PG (Approved No. 24495) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Though this movie was not a regular Woody Allen production, as Allen only acts and does not perform any other roles, the picture was still executive produced by regular Allen agents and partners, Jack Rollins and Charles H. Joffe, and associate produced by regular Allen producer Robert Greenhut.See more »
Anachronisms: When Howard and Florence kiss in the park , the Bi-Level George Washington Bridge can be seen in the background. In 1952 when this movie takes place, the bridge only had 1 level.See more »
Florence Barrett:A writer looks for trouble.
Howard Prince:No, wrong. A lunatic looks for trouble.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Never So Deep (1981)See more »
Young at HeartSee more »


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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
My brief review of the film, 22 April 2005
Author: sol- from Australia

A fascinating film about blacklisting in the entertainment industry, the material does feel rather dry but the ideas are good and the quality of the acting pushes it through when nothing else does. Michael Murphy plays his character in a very human and realistic manner, and the performers are all round well suited, although Allen goes for comedy whereas everything else is in dramatic mode. The film is weighed down in fact by unevenness between comedy and drama throughout, however it is not entirely Allen's fault. Ritt's direction seems somewhat patchy with varying tones throughout. I definitely wouldn't call this a great film - or at least I can't say that I liked it a lot - but it still did have enough in it to keep me interested until the end.

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