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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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Classic drama, rife with paranoia See more (56 total) »


  (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:13 | Chile:14 (DVD re-rating) (2002) | 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?

According to the "Every Woody Allen Movie" website, the later 2009 Woody Allen film Whatever Works (2009) was originally conceived and started being written around the time of this picture and was originally designed as being a vehicle for Zero Mostel, Allen's co-star in The Front (1976).See more »
Anachronisms: When Howard and Florence are walking down a NYC street, a woman wearing 70s fashions can be seen.See more »
Howard Prince:That's the trouble with you leftos. You have this thing about money.See more »
Movie Connections:
Come On DaisySee more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Classic drama, rife with paranoia, 29 June 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I don't profess to know anything more about 'the McCarthy era' than any other non-American that wasn't around in the fifties, but this film serves as both a great slice of entertainment; and something of a history lesson. The film is said to be a comedy, although it would seem to be played out more for the drama side as aside from Woody Allen's usual neurotic quips; there aren't actually any jokes in the film. That certainly doesn't harm it, however, as Martin Ritt's film has more than enough in reserve, as the story is interesting enough on it's own; and themes of 'the witch-hunt', as well as the idea of being guilty until proved innocent shine through. The story follows Howard Prince (Woody Allen) a cashier who, when asked by his friend who is on the 'blacklist', poses as a TV writer so the blacklisted writer can still work. The film takes place in the time when paranoia over communism was rife in America, and anyone that is suspected of associating with communists was no longer allowed to work. The scam goes on, but the more Prince is dragged into it, the harder it is for him to get out.

Like I say, I didn't know much about the era before going into the film; but I'm sure it's an important part of American history; if only for the fact that it's inspired a lot of great films, including the great original version of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'. I've been a big fan of Woody Allen ever since I first saw one of his films, and his performance here takes in all the best elements of his persona. The character; a talentless man garnering praise for someone else's work, suits Allen's personality like a glove, as the paranoid actor gets to show us how neurotic he can be. Support comes by way of the likes of Zero Mostel, Michael Murphy and Andrea Marcovicci; and all give nice supporting performances. Director Michael Ritt ensures that the themes of the story are always rife, as the film presents a great sense of foreboding, and scenes such as the one that see an innocent writer told that he can't be got off the hook because he hasn't done anything help to ensure this. On the whole, The Front is a great classic film, and sees Allen in one of his best roles.

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