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Explores screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses after he and other Hollywood figures were blacklisted for their political beliefs during the 1940s.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, eOne,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm., in container
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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Sep 14, 2018

Please look at ACTUAL history (which can be done). Look at who Trumbo was, what principals he believed, who he held in esteem, and what he did. The film is incorrect about so many things, due to it's obvious bias. Again, look at where & who funds these films, and the nicely packaged B.$. you're getting.

Jun 20, 2018

Directed by Jay Roach in 2015 based on the biography "Dalton Trumbo" by Bruce Alexander Cook, this American docudrama depicts the life of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
Although it seems like another of those simplistic, made-to-order films about the Hollywood blacklist in which the blacklisted movie folks are all innocent in every conceivable way, the film accurately shows the atmosphere of McCarthyism in those days.
It is an informative and thought-provoking drama.

Jun 12, 2018

The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. It tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Jun 12, 2018

An important film because of the subject matter and is very well done. Great acting by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, tv - 2008-2013; Wakefield, 2016; The Upside, 2017), Helen Mirren (Eye In the Sky, 2015; Collateral Beauty, 2016; Winchester, 2018)), Diane Lane (Inside Out, 2015; Justice League, 2017), Elle Fanning (Mary Shelley, 2017; I Think We're Along Now, 2018) with some fine supporting casts as well.
Watch until the end of credits, as it has some real footage of Dalton Trumbo and follow-up text. Great family strength to have held it together through all of the paranoia of the government, and Hollywood members of the time.
This is a lesson to be learned from mistakes and not to be repeated.

Feb 26, 2018

This movie is a must-see for anyone who cares about freedom of speech, which underlies every other important right that we have. This is more than just history -- this is happening today. I'd rate this movie 10 stars if I could -- not only for the story, but the wonderful screenwriting, acting, filming, and producing of it. Again: IT IS A MUST-SEE!

Jan 04, 2018

An important film. A strong reminder of the crucial importance of the 1st amendment in our lives and for our country. May we never take it for granted and defend it at all costs.

Dec 30, 2017

This movie is a great history lesson. Lest we forget that horrible period in American history when the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), beginning in 1938, went after people who were merely exercising their First Amendment Rights. In particular, they went after people in Hollywood who had particular influence. Dalton Trumbo was a brilliant and successful Hollywood screenwriter who, yes, was a communist. He was one in the idealistic sense. He was opposed to fascism and for the rights of the working class. Those at HUAC were having none of it, and, aided by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, were determined to take him and his like-minded screenwriters and actors down. Spoiler Alert - they did, for a time, when they were imprisoned them for being in contempt of congress when they refused to "name names." Once back on the outside, they worked under pseudonyms in order to stay afloat. By the early 1960s, President Kennedy himself watched Trumbo's (credited) 'Spartacus' and liked it. The witch-hunt was finally coming to a close. The movie captures time and place and creates real drama as it relates to the impact HUAC had on the screenwriter, his friends, and family. Director Jay Roach, who is mostly known for comedies, has done a nice job with this. Bryan Cranston inhabits the role of Trumbo brilliantly.

Oct 27, 2017

If we do not study history we are doomed to repeat it.

Oct 25, 2017

Based on a true story. Not a lot of action but the acting is superb. Worth viewing for its portrayal of a dark period in US recent history.

Aug 10, 2017

Interesting but not great.

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Mar 28, 2016

Trumbo: Otto, if every scene is brilliant, your movie is going to be utterly monotonous.
Otto: I'll tell you what. You write every scene brilliantly, and I will direct unevenly.
Cleo: We all hurt! Niki, me, your friends!
Trumbo: Friends? What friends? Who the hell has the luxury of friends? I've got allies and enemies. There's no room for anything else.
Cleo: We know.
Trumbo: Good. Then this discussion ends.
Cleo: This isn't a discussion. It's a fight.

Mar 28, 2016

To avoid spoilers, suggest to skip most reviews and quotes until you finished with the material.

Trumbo: " ... it will do you no good to search for heroes or villains. There weren't any. There were only victims. Victims, because each of us felt compelled to say or do things that we otherwise would not. To deliver or receive wounds which we truly did not wish to exchange."
Trumbo: Well, as someone who has been thoroughly investigated by the House Un-American
Activities Committee, I started wondering, why hasn't anyone taken a good long look at them and their work in the movie industry? You see, they were convened to uncover enemy agents, expose communist conspiracies and write anti-sedition laws. Well, here we are, thousands of hours and millions of dollars later. Agents uncovered, zero. Conspiracies exposed, zero.
Laws written, zero. You see, all they do is deny people their right to work. And they can't even
get that right. Academy Awards, two.

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