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Trumbo (2007)

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Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. ... See full summary »

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Peter Askin

Writers:

Christopher Trumbo (play), Christopher Trumbo (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dalton Trumbo ... Himself (archive footage)
Joan Allen ... Herself
Brian Dennehy ... Himself
Michael Douglas ... Himself
Paul Giamatti ... Himself
Nathan Lane ... Himself
Josh Lucas ... Himself
Liam Neeson ... Himself
David Strathairn ... Himself
Donald Sutherland ... Himself
Emanuel Azenberg Emanuel Azenberg ... Himself / Interviewee
Walter Bernstein Walter Bernstein ... Himself / Interviewee
Larry Ceplair Larry Ceplair ... Himself / Interviewee
Kirk Douglas ... Himself - Interviewee
Peter Hanson ... Himself / Interviewee
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Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. Trumbo was one of several writers, directors, and actors who invoked the First Amendment in refusing to answer questions under oath. They were blacklisted and imprisoned. We follow Trumbo to prison, to exile in Mexico with his family, to poverty, to the public shunning of his children, to his writing under others' names, and to an eventual but incomplete vindication. Actors read his letters; his children and friends remember and comment. Archive photos, newsreels and interviews add texture. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He was Hollywood's greatest screenwriter. His words still resonate today. He defied a committee, he defied the system. They took his honor. They took his freedom. So Dalton Trumbo went to war. But the ending could only be written by him. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for a sex-related commentary | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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Dalton Trumbo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,125, 29 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,850,210, 26 February 2016
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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A True Story About The "Hollywood 10" and American Democracy
22 October 2017 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

To say that this Hollywood, celebrity documentary (about a 15-year blacklisting of screen-writer, Dalton Trumbo) could've been a whole lot better would truly be an understatement.

It was in 1947 that Trumbo was brought forward before those witch-hunters, the House Un-American Activities Committee, in order to testify against others in the film industry who were suspected of having Communist ties. Trumbo, of course, refused to cooperate (hence the blacklisting).

What inevitably lost this potentially promising documentary (about pigheaded democracy) some serious points was the overall approach that it took towards its subject where irksome, grandstanding actors (all a bunch of annoying talking heads) read, out loud, letters that Trumbo had written before, during, and after his blacklisting. It was all a heap of totally redundant drivel, IMO.

*Note* - In 1976 - Dalton Trumbo died at the age of 71.


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