6.5/10
6,645
36 user 12 critic

Guilty by Suspicion (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 15 March 1991 (USA)
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... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jacknife (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister, with whom he lives, when she becomes romantically involved with the Army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle ... See full summary »

Director: David Hugh Jones
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kathy Baker, Ed Harris
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The story about a cheating and incompetent lawyer (Harry Fabian) who suddenly gets obsessed on becoming a boxing promoter.

Director: Irwin Winkler
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A struggling widow falls in love with an illiterate short-order cook whom she teaches to read and write in her kitchen each night.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Swoosie Kurtz
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical Los Angeles homicide detective who is investigating the brutal murder of a young prostitute.

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After his life is saved by a lonely cop, a mobster who moonlights as a stand-up comedian provides the cop with a beautiful young companion.

Director: John McNaughton
Stars: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Bill Murray
Mistress (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A comedy about a screenwriter (Robert Wuhl), whose old movie script is read by a producer (Martin Landau) and the search for financial backers begins. But it seems that each money source (... See full summary »

Director: Barry Primus
Stars: Robert Wuhl, Martin Landau, Vasek Simek
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train ... See full summary »

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two escaped cons only prayer to escape is to pass themselves off as priests and pass by the police blockade at the border into the safety of Canada.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Demi Moore
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story about the relationship between a rebellious 1950s teenager and his abusive stepfather, based on the memoirs of writer and literature Professor Tobias Wolff.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Vincent Lamarca, whose father was executed for a 1950s kidnapping of a child, grew up to become a police officer, only to see his own son become a murder suspect.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Robert De Niro, James Franco, Frances McDormand
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Bert Alan
...
Chairman Wood
...
Congressman Tavenner
...
...
Ray Karlin
...
Felicia Barron (as Roxann Biggs)
Edit

Storyline

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 several 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 F.B.I. 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 ... Written by Mike Harris <mharris@injersey.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In the 1950's a war was being fought in the U.S. A committee of Congress sought to control the creative community through fear and censorship. Anyone who disagreed with them became... Guilty By Suspicion. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Schuldig bei Verdacht  »

Box Office

Gross:

$9,480,198 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert De Niro and Chris Cooper appeared in This Boy's Life (1993) and Great Expectations (1998). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

David Merrill: Upset? Why should I be upset? You've only ruined my life. Why should I be upset?
See more »


Soundtracks

STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT
Written and Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Lyrics by Irving Mills
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been........?
19 September 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's almost impossible to write any kind of objective film about the blacklist, the wounds of it run deep in show business. Guilty By Suspicion has no pretense to objectivity, neither does that John Wayne epic Big Jim McLain which was favorable to the House Un American Activities Committee.

Those who gave testimony at HUAC did so for a variety of motives. Some like Adolphe Menjou wanted the blacklist for everyone to the left of Herbert Hoover. Some like Robert Taylor felt they were doing a patriotic service. Some under the threat of not being able to work as artists in their chosen profession named names before HUAC. A very select few said stick it in your ear.

If there any guilty parties it's not the artists whatever their political persuasion. It was the studio bosses and one of them, Darryl F. Zanuck is played here by Ben Piazza, who gave in without exception to HUAC and cooperated in the blacklist, who pitted the people of various political persuasions against each other. Sad to say that's not really demonstrated here in Guilty By Suspicion.

The members of HUAC were 95% on the political right of both parties. The Democrats were mostly southerners and the Republicans were on the right in their party. The liberals of either party had more constructive ways to spend their time in Congess.

Guilty By Suspicion tells the story of Robert DeNiro as a fictional film director who gets blacklisted because of secret hearing testimony given by Chris Cooper. His struggle to find work turns positively Kafkaesque until he agrees to go before the committee.

DeNiro strikes all the right notes in his performance and is aided and abetted by the performance of Annette Bening as his estranged wife. Acting honors however go to Patricia Wettig who plays a distraught blacklisted actress with a drinking problem to start with.

Guilty By Suspicion is not the ultimate telling of the blacklist's story, but it's still pretty good and does get a feel for the times the story is set in.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page