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Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. Trumbo was one of several writers, directors, and actors who invoked the First Amendment in refusing to answer questions under oath. They were blacklisted and imprisoned. We follow Trumbo to prison, to exile in Mexico with his family, to poverty, to the public shunning of his children, to his writing under others' names, and to an eventual but incomplete vindication. Actors read his letters; his children and friends remember and comment. Archive photos, newsreels and interviews add texture. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$28,125 (USA) (27 June 2008)

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$7,707,294 (USA) (5 February 2016)
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Excellent documentary on McCarthyism...
30 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a must see documentary which explores the era of late 1940's and 1950's blacklisting of writers in post-war Hollywood.

It keeps the audience interested by contributions from different actors reading Trumbo's letters, letters and writings he wrote before, during and after the dark era of blacklisting, and when he spent time in prison for not "naming names" to the Senate subcommittee.

Brian Dennehy, Michael Douglas, Paul Giamatti, Josh Lucas, Nathan Lane and others are interspersed with actual interviews with Dalton Trumbo, his friends, and his family members including his loyal wife and children.

Trumbo wrote "Johnny Got his Gun" which was a commentary on the futility and human costs of war. The book actually was banned for a time in the U.S. It is important for students to learn of these censorship issues, which can and do exist, even in our country. The run time is not overly long for a documentary. Highly recommended. 10/10.


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