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 ...
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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.
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Did You Know?
David Merrill's (Robert De Niro
's) climactic courtroom speech is an almost verbatim lift of a speech made by lawyer Joseph N. Welch
in a McCarthy hearing in the 1950s. See more
Before going to London, Joe is seen editing the classic The Boy with the Green Hair, but the movie was already released in 1948 and Guilty by Suspicion story takes place in the 1950's. See more
[to Joe Lesser
You just can't let them do this to you, you can't let them get away with this.
Features The Boy with Green Hair
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Louis Armstrong See more