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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.

Director:

Jay Roach

Writers:

John McNamara, Bruce Cook (book)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trambo See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,177, 8 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,857,741

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,430,025
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Tudyk entertained his on-screen son, Elijah Miskowski, and the other kids on set by performing the voices of King Candy (Wreck-It Ralph (2012)), Duke (Frozen (2013)), and Alister Krei (Big Hero 6 (2014)). The boys were impressed to discover he was also the marine voice from Halo 3 (2007) and it made Alan the "kid magnet" during the early shooting of Trumbo. See more »

Goofs

Two weeks before Christmas 1959, when Otto Preminger walks into Dalton Trumbo's home, he is seen carrying a full copy of the new script for SPARTACUS, the cover page at the bottom incorrectly says Universal City Studios, Inc., including the trademark. More than four years before Universal City Studios was created. Spartacus was released in the USA by Universal-International (Universal Pictures), with its World Premiere on 22nd September 1960 at the DeMille Theatre in New York, and on general USA cinema release from 6th October 1960. The long-awaited takeover of Universal Pictures by MCA, Inc. happened in mid-1962 as part of the MCA-Decca Records merger, and then in 1964 MCA Inc. formed Universal City Studios, Inc. from the merger of both Universal Pictures and Revue Productions. See more »

Quotes

John Wayne: You won't get any takers. Not here, anyway.
Dalton Trumbo: Oh, why is that? All it says is that Congress has no right to investigate how we vote or where we pray, what we think, say or how we make movies. Hello, I'm Dalton Trumbo.
John Wayne: Congress has the right to go after anything they think is a threat.
Dalton Trumbo: Well, that's where we disagree and that's the point. We both have the right to be wrong.
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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 »

Connections

References Carnival Story (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

The Mood I'm In
Written by Delores Cherry Leatherwood
Performed by Camille Howard
Courtesy of Specialty Records
Used by permission of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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This movie about a man's struggles as a writer is engaging, compelling and just plain entertaining, highly recommend.
1 December 2017 | by ruadhan-38183See all my reviews

This movie is important. It tells the story of the struggles faced by the people who sought to have a differing political view in the 1950s and 60s. Their decision to think differently left them facing prejudice and hatred in America. This is the focus of this movie.

The story follow Dalton Trumbo, portrayed by Brian Cranston,a successful screenwriter in Hollywood in the 1950s. Cranston carries this movie on the shoulders of his performance. It is truly phenomenal how he brings such life and energy to this character. He captured my attention anytime he was on-screen and is without a doubt one of the major reasons you should see this movie.If you are a fan of any of Cranstons previous works you should love this movie for that reason alone. Cranston was nominated for an Oscar for this performance, a nomination I believe was well deserved.

The movie is of course based on a true story. while I cannot attest to the validity of the facts, I can confidently say that anyone interested in this period of history will find this movie much more enjoyable then reading a Wikipedia page.

Overall I give Trumbo 8/10 for its compelling plot and excellent performances. i would highly recommend it.


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