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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.


Jay Roach


John McNamara, Bruce Cook (book)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Dalton Trumbo
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Edward G. Robinson
David Maldonado ... Rocco (as Dave Maldonado)
John Getz ... Sam Wood
Diane Lane ... Cleo Trumbo
Laura Flannery ... Party Goer
Helen Mirren ... Hedda Hopper
David James Elliott ... John Wayne
Toby Nichols ... Chris Trumbo (age 6-10) (as Tobias McDowell Nichols)
Joseph S. Martino Joseph S. Martino ... Rally Participant
Madison Wolfe ... Niki Trumbo (age 8-11)
Jason Bayle ... Young Father
James DuMont ... J. Parnell Thomas
Alan Tudyk ... Ian McLellan Hunter
Louis C.K. ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When they tried to silence him, he made the world listen. See more »


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

27 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trambo See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In real-life Edward G. Robinson was nearly 12 years older than Dalton Trumbo, and 14 years older than John Wayne, despite appearing significantly younger than both men in the film. See more »


The movie shows Trumbo and former Congressman J. Parnell Thomas in the same prison. But they never were, Thomas was imprisoned in Danbury CT Prison with Lester Cole and Ring Lardner, Jr., both members of the "Hollywood Ten". Trumbo served eleven months in the federal penitentiary in Ashland, Kentucky, not in Connecticut. See more »


Frank King: Trumbo, we can't afford you!
Dalton Trumbo: Well, how much did you pay for the script of... that
[points to movie poster]
Dalton Trumbo: Bad Men of Tombstone?
Frank King: 1200 bucks.
Dalton Trumbo: All right, I'll write you a movie for 1200 then.
Frank King: And you don't want your name on it?
Dalton Trumbo: No, *you* don't want my name on it.
Hymie King: You got that right. Especially if you're still, uh, you know - up to stuff. Are you?
Dalton Trumbo: Perpetually.
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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 »


References A Guy Named Joe (1943) See more »


Draba Fight
from the motion picture Spartacus (1960)
Composed by Alex North
Courtesy of Universal Pictures
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User Reviews

Best Bio of the year.
28 November 2015 | by das5712See all my reviews

Truth may be stranger than fiction. This true story is way better than all the current competing fictional concoctions. The lessons from this story are more pertinent than ever, as fear of controversy limits the fare at the cineplex to pablum or propaganda for the political establishment. Trumbo won multi Oscars for his work, and his life as told here, deserves another. We need more serious well done films like this. Award nominations are deserved for writer, direction, lead actor, ensemble/best picture. Special mention to the actors who undertook the most difficult task of portraying those well know characters who lived within living memory. These are most difficult roles and good performances added so much to the film.

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