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The Front (1976)

PG | | Drama | January 1977 (Austria)
In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Howard Prince
... Hecky Brown
... Phil Sussman
... Alfred Miller
... Florence Barrett
Remak Ramsay ... Francis X. Hennessey
Marvin Lichterman ... Myer Prince
... Herbert Delaney
... William Phelps
Joshua Shelley ... Sam - Resort Operator
Norman Rose ... Howard's Attorney
... Committee Counselor
... Committee Chairman (as M. Josef Sommer)
... Danny LaGattuta
... T.V. Interviewer
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In the early 1950s Howard Prince, who works in a restaurant, helps out a black-listed writer friend by selling a TV station a script under his own name. The money is useful in paying off gambling debts, so he takes on three more such clients. Howard is politically pretty innocent, but involvement with Florence - who quits TV in disgust over things - and friendship with the show's ex-star - now himself blacklisted - make him start to think about what is really going on. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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What if there were a list? A list that said: Our finest actors weren't allowed to act. Our best writers weren't allowed to write. What would it be like if there were such a list. It would be like America in 1953. See more »

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Trivia

An episode of animated TV series The Simpsons (1989) was named after this movie [See: The Simpsons: The Front (1993)]. See more »

Goofs

An establishing shot up the Bowery to the Peter Cooper statue (before the script exchange) doesn't include the El tracks, which would have still been present until the Third Avenue El made its last run in May 1955. See more »

Quotes

Howard Prince: Where are you from?
Florence Barrett: Connecticut.
Howard Prince: That's very ritzy.
Florence Barrett: It's very proper anyway. I was very well bred - the kind of family where the biggest sin was to raise your voice.
Howard Prince: Oh yeah? In my family the biggest sin was to pay retail.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits the people involved with the movie who were blacklisted are listed along with the year they were blacklisted. See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Anything for a Laugh
Music by Carrie Hoffman
Lyrics by Ira Gassman
Performed by Zero Mostel
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Historically significant
7 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

It's amazing to me that it has been more than a quarter of a century since this movie was made. I think at the time the movie was made it was said that it could not have been made before then because of the controversy; "Hollywood" would not have allowed it to be made.

This movie is of historical significance because it is based on reality; a reality that seems impossible now. I saw this movie in a theater in which another movie was shown first. The first movie was a documentary of the search for communists and the real-life story preceding the fictional portrayal of the same thing was a powerful combination.

I think this movie must be seen by all to see how unreasonable people can be if we are too intolerant.


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