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In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

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Cast

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Rocco (as Dave Maldonado)
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Sam Wood
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Chris Trumbo (age 6-10) (as Tobias McDowell Nichols)
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J. Parnell Thomas
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Ian McLellan Hunter
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In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Written by Bleecker Street

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Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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25 November 2015 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Steve Martin has written that very early in his career his girlfriend and her "different" family introduced him to new ideas and intellectual opportunities. Her father was Dalton Trumbo. Martin had never heard of Dalton Trumbo. See more »

Goofs

In the middle of the movie, Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) is asked how her son is doing in the Navy. She replies that he is a First Lieutenant. The Navy has no such rank; the equivalent to an Army 1LT in the Navy would be a Lieutenant (junior grade), but the Navy also has a Lieutenant rank. See more »

Quotes

Otto Preminger: You keep up this level of work, and I'll make sure your name is on my movie
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Otto Preminger: to take the blame.
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Crazy Credits

As the credit scroll begins, historical footage of Dalton Trumbo giving an interview is shown. See more »

Connections

Features Spartacus (1960) See more »

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A Little Bird Told Me
Performed by Paula Watson
Written by Paula Watson
Courtesy of Tuff City Records
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Best Bio of the year.
28 November 2015 | by (Watseka,IL) – See all my reviews

Truth may be stranger than fiction. This true story is way better than all the current competing fictional concoctions. The lessons from this story are more pertinent than ever, as fear of controversy limits the fare at the cineplex to pablum or propaganda for the political establishment. Trumbo won multi Oscars for his work, and his life as told here, deserves another. We need more serious well done films like this. Award nominations are deserved for writer, direction, lead actor, ensemble/best picture. Special mention to the actors who undertook the most difficult task of portraying those well know characters who lived within living memory. These are most difficult roles and good performances added so much to the film.


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