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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Merrill
... Ruth Merrill
... Bunny Baxter
... Dorothy Nolan
... Felix Graff
... Paulie Merrill
... Larry Nolan
... Darryl Zanuck
... Joe Lesser
... Bert Alan
... Chairman Wood
... Congressman Tavenner
... Congressman Velde
... Ray Karlin
... 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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Martin Scorsese 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 »

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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 »

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David Merrill: Upset? Why should I be upset? You've only ruined my life. Why should I be upset?
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References Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) See more »

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THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
Written by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products
A division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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"Guilty By Suspicion" Is True to Form ***1/2
15 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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