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Trumbo (2015)

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In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dalton Trumbo
... Edward G. Robinson
... Rocco (as Dave Maldonado)
... Sam Wood
... Cleo Trumbo
... Party Goer
... Hedda Hopper
... John Wayne
... Chris Trumbo (age 6-10) (as Tobias McDowell Nichols)
Joseph S. Martino ... Rally Participant
... Niki Trumbo (age 8-11)
Jason Bayle ... Young Father
... J. Parnell Thomas
... Ian McLellan Hunter
... Arlen Hird


In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Written by Bleecker Street

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trambo  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,177, 8 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,857,741, 3 March 2016
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bryan Cranston revealed in a radio interview that Kirk Douglas approved of the film, but his major complaint was that he wasn't asked to play himself. See more »


When Trumbo is giving the final speech, the net holding the fake sideburns ant the hair at the sides of the forehead is very visible. See more »


Hedda Hopper: Now what do you do when you love something but it stops loving you back?
Louis B. Mayer: You fight.
Hedda Hopper: No, no, no. You love it more until it surrenders.
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Crazy Credits

As the credit scroll begins, photos of the real Dalton Trumbo, his family and other people portrayed in the film are shown. These are followed by historical footage of Trumbo giving an interview (from the same one where he acknowledges that he is 'Robert Rich'). See more »


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Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
Written by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins
Performed by Billie Holiday
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Very similar, to a lot of political battles, and social struggles, still going on today!
14 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

'TRUMBO': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

A biographical-drama flick, based on the life of successful Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo; who was jailed, and blacklisted (in the 1940s), for his communist beliefs. The film stars Bryan Cranston, as Trumbo, and it costars Diane Lane, Louis C.K., Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg, Dean O'Gorman, David James Elliott and Alan Tudyk. It was directed by Jay Roach, in his dramatic directorial debut; following many popular comedy flicks (like 'MEET THE PARENTS', it's first sequel, and all of the 'AUSTIN POWERS' movies). The film was written by John McNamara, and it was based on the book ('Dalton Trumbo') by Bruce Cook. I found it to be very involving, educational and inspiring.

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) was one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters; he was also a member of the extremely controversial CPUSA (Communist Party of the USA). The party was so threatening, to those in power, that many famous Hollywood figures, of the time, were subpoenaed and jailed, for their beliefs (and refusing to admit to the use of propaganda, in their work). Trumbo was one of 10 screenwriters, that fell victim to this paranoia. Upon release from prison, he continued to work, under aliases, and attempted to expose the injustice, of this abuse.

I didn't know a lot about the details, of these historical events; I also knew very little about Dalton Trumbo. So for me, the movie was very informative, and fascinating. It reminded me (a lot) of similar political battles, and social struggles, still going on today. For these reasons, I found the film to be extremely emotional. I also found it to be very entertaining, because of it's insightful details, about Hollywood (at that time). Cranston gives a very impressive performance; and the supporting cast is all good as well (O'Gorman is especially memorable, as Kirk Douglas). Roach might not have been the best director, for this material, but the movie is still really memorable, and enjoyable!

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