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?
portrays a fictional director called "Joe Lesser". This character is based on Director Joseph Losey
, who left Hollywood in the 1950s, rather than face the HUAC examinations. See more
In one scene a woman who has been blacklisted commits suicide by backing her car over a cliff. The car is clearly a Chevrolet of 1942-1947 vintage and no later. We have a glimpse of the automatic transmission indicator being moved from Park to Reverse, then the car lurches backward and over the cliff it goes. But Chevrolets of that vintage did not have automatic transmissions. "Powerglide", (the first Chevy automatic transmission) was introduced in 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.
Features The Boy with Green Hair
IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND
Written by Richard Rodgers
and Lorenz Hart
Performed by George Shearing
Courtesy of Concord Jazz, Inc. See more