David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood director, returns from filming abroad in France to find that his loyalty has been called into question by the House Committee on Un-American Activities and he is unable to work until cleared. Before being called, his highest priority had been his work to the extent of leaving his wife (Annette Bening) and son (Luke Edwards) alone for months at a time. He initially refuses to implicate others or himself in a private meeting with Roy Cohn and a studio lawyer. This decision initially to stick to his principles first leaves him unable to work in his profession, even with films and producers he never would have worked with before. Harassment by the FBI leaves him unable to work on Broadway, with advertising agencies, or even in a small film repair shop. Finally, having fallen so far, and tempted with a new offer to direct a film from his old studio (if he testifies), he agrees to go before the Committee, initially planning to ... Written by
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All it took was a whisper.
Did You Know?
, a victim of the blacklist, was so offended that director Irwin Winkler
changed the main character from a Communist Party member to a liberal that he not only had his name taken off of the picture, he also refused an executive producer credit that would have earned him a substantial fee. Polonsky was very vocal in the press about his anger with Winkler and his disapproval over the resulting movie. See more
There is a Milwaukee Braves baseball pennant on the wall of Merrill's son's room. This film takes place in 1951 and 1952. The Braves didn't move to Milwaukee from Boston until 1953. See more
I might not be the best citizen in this country, but I was raised to stand up for what I believe in, and I'm going to raise my son in the same way, and as hard as that is sometimes, I'm gonna try to live it, and if that isn't what a real American is, then we've failed!
IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND
Written by Richard Rodgers
and Lorenz Hart
Performed by George Shearing
Courtesy of Concord Jazz, Inc. See more