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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 »

Director:

Peter Askin

Writers:

Christopher Trumbo (play), Christopher Trumbo (screenplay)
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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Be sure to read the closing credits...
11 September 2010 | by Nooshin_NavidiSee all my reviews

For those of us too young to remember first-hand the evils of that horrid period in American history known as McCarthyism and the rampant loss of freedom & justice during its barbaric witch-hunts, this is a profoundly important film to watch.

At a time when terms like "patriot" are increasingly misused, abused and bastardized, the story of writer, Dalton Trumbo, and others like him who suffered grave injustices in the hands of their own fellow countrymen, needs to be heard far & wide and esp. by the young in this country.

I wished they would add this film & others like it to every high-school history-class curriculum, as they are just as relevant today. An immensely moving and heartbreaking story & an absolute must-see (be sure to read the closing credits.)

~NN


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