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Guilty by Suspicion (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 15 March 1991 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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Irwin Winkler

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Irwin Winkler

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... David Merrill
Annette Bening ... Ruth Merrill
George Wendt ... Bunny Baxter
Patricia Wettig ... Dorothy Nolan
Sam Wanamaker ... Felix Graff
Luke Edwards ... Paulie Merrill
Chris Cooper ... Larry Nolan
Ben Piazza ... Darryl Zanuck
Martin Scorsese ... Joe Lesser
Barry Primus ... Bert Alan
Gailard Sartain ... Chairman Wood
Robin Gammell ... Congressman Tavenner
Brad Sullivan ... Congressman Velde
Tom Sizemore ... Ray Karlin
Roxann Dawson ... Felicia Barron (as Roxann Biggs)
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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 Mike Harris <mharris@injersey.com>

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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schuldig bei Verdacht See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,480,198
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only cinema movie to feature Darryl F. Zanuck as a character (he was portrayed by Ben Piazza). There have, however, been several television features, where Zanuck is a character, such as RKO 281 (1999), Liz & Dick (2012), Marilyn and Me (1991), This Year's Blonde (1980), Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996), Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), and The Wonderful World of Disney: Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story (2001). See more »

Goofs

When the De Niro character visits Zanuck watching dailies early on in the movie, we see that the dailies on screen are Marilyn singing a number from "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds" and Zanuck tells "Howard" (Hawks) the director (on the phone) that he can't see any difference in the various takes. "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" was filmed and released in 1953, but the last scenes of "Guilty By Suspicion" are Feb 1952. See more »

Quotes

David Merrill: ...I inform on these people, they lose their jobs, they lose their... everything.
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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #9.2 (1996) See more »

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BYE, BYE BABY
Written by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Performed by Marilyn Monroe
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GREAT FILM
3 June 2002 | by cfishSee all my reviews

The film Guilty by Suspicion showed the effects of the Hollywood blacklist in true-to-life form. Not only did it deal with how friendships and families were affected during this period, but it also showed how other American's, such as teachers, were also blacklisted. Blacklisting was not only a Hollywood occurrence.

Those interested in communism in Hollywood will find the screenplay exciting and interesting, as there are hints of actual transcripts from the House Committee on Un-American Activities scattered throughout the movie. I've watched it at least three times, and I never get bored, I just pick up more and more of the realities of this time period.

The movie is not meant to be used as a way to research this time period. It is a statement movie. It is a statement about the evilness of the red scare. It is not pro-communist, but it is pro American freedom of expression.

Guilty by Suspicion is a great educational movie that is supported by a great cast, and great subplots!


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