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Robert De Niro,
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
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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 »
This Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese collaboration is one of few where Scorsese does not direct the film, nor even performs duties as a producer, with Scorsese appearing only in a small acting role as a film director. See more »
Ms. Nolan's car, a 1941 Chevrolet, is supposed equipped with Powerglide automatic transmission. Powerglide was not offered on Chevrolets until 1950. See more »
[to Joe Lesser]
You just can't let them do this to you, you can't let them get away with this.
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Robert DeNiro will not give names to the House UnAmerican Activities committee. There goes his Hollywood career. His marriage to Ruth, Annette Bening, has already ended in divorce, so why not the rest of his life down the drain as well?
The film is very similar in nature to Woody Allen's "The Front" of the 1970s. If you've seen the latter, you know what the ending shall be. It's called principles above all.
Patricia Wettig gives a fine supporting performance as an actress turned in by her own husband with tragedy resulting.
Nice to see Martin Scorsese go in front of the cameras for this film. He is fleeing to England to escape testifying.
We get a wonderful sense of the 1950s in Hollywood. Marilyn Monroe is hot and so is this film.
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