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?
According to the article 'McCarthyism Made Simple' by Jonathan Rosenbaum
published in 'The Chicago Reader', this picture was "the first Hollywood feature devoted in its entirety to the film-industry blacklist (The Front
(1976) dealt with TV)". See more
Before going to London, Joe is seen editing the classic The Boy with the Green Hair, but the movie was already released in 1948 and Guilty by Suspicion story takes place in the 1950's. 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!
References High Noon
I'M JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO
Written by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Louis Armstrong
and Duke Ellington
Courtesy of Blue Note Records (Roulette)
A division of Capitol Records, Inc.
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