Daniel Isaacson attempts to determine the true complicity of his parents Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed for espionage in the 1950s.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

E.L. Doctorow (novel), E.L. Doctorow (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Daniel Isaacson
Mandy Patinkin ... Paul Isaacson
Lindsay Crouse ... Rochelle Isaacson
Edward Asner ... Jacob Ascher
Ellen Barkin ... Phyllis Isaacson
Julie Bovasso ... Frieda Stein
Tovah Feldshuh ... Linda Mindish
Joseph Leon Joseph Leon ... Selig Mindish
Carmen Mathews ... Mrs. Ascher
Norman Parker ... East Bronx Children's Shelter Director
Amanda Plummer ... Susan Isaacson
Lee Richardson ... Reporter
John Rubinstein ... Robert Lewin
Colin Stinton ... Dale
Maria Tucci ... Lise Lewin
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Storyline

The fictionalized story of Daniel, the son of Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed as Soviet spies in the 1950s. As a graduate student in New York in the 1960s, Daniel is involved in the antiwar protest movement and contrasts his experiences to the memory of his parents and his belief that they were wrongfully convicted. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Sidney Lumet the director permitted the writer Edgar Doctorow to be present in the cutting room for the editing of the film, despite the fact that Lumet was sure to have the final cut for it. But he swore to Doctorow that he would remain faithful to his work spirit. See more »

Quotes

Paul Isaacson: If they didn't arrest people, they'd have nothing to do.
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 33 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

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Referenced in Batman (1989) See more »

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One of the best movies I've ever seen
2 July 2005 | by devinylSee all my reviews

Excellent, fictionalized account of the Rosenberg story. Looked at from all perspectives from the early 1950's to the late 60's. We come away not caring if they did it or not! Lindsay Crouse stands out in her role as Rochelle. Mandy Patinkin is excellent. as always. They seem to steal the show from Hutton. The Paul Robeson (Monitor label) recordings also add to the picture's stunning realism. This is certainly one of the better movies of the early 1980's. The E.L. Doctorow screenplay is better than the novel, "The Book of Daniel" which I thought was rather strange. If I hadn't seen the movie first, I would have been lost just reading the book.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

10 February 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Daniel See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$687,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$687,475
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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