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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
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda


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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.

Feb 06, 2017

Great movie. Characters, milieu and ambiance fitted perfectly into the 1940-60s context. Trumbo was enacted very well. Should watch this movie to understand the pain and struggle some people had to go through just to stand up for their creative freedom which we take so much for granted today. It also makes one realize that the risk of branding, labeling and condemning people into boxes is very much alive in our society today.

Jan 18, 2017

Trumbo is interesting, done very well and features a strong performance by Bryan Cranston. I recommend it for those who are interested in the movie industry and its history and/or American history in general. For further viewing, Hennepin County Library has a good selection of films written by Dalton Trumbo: Exodus, Kitty Foyle, Lonely Are the Brave, Papillon, Roman Holiday, Spartacus and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. Trumbo is rated R for language including some sexual references.

tuscany1 Jan 17, 2017

Very interesting film - hadn't realised just how prolific a scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo had been and what he - and so many others faced - when McCarthyism reared its ugly head. Strength of character, resilience and strong family ties kept this author afloat during these politically shameful years.

Dec 19, 2016

Dalton Trumbo was a successfull Hollywood writer who ran into a pot of trouble trying to peddle communism after the second world war. While watching this, I realized that Trumbo was bascially thumbing his nose at people putting his wife and children at extreme risk while tooling around with his political views. He eventually goes to prison for practising his constitutional rights and bankrupts the family. Up until this moment, I really hated the movie except when they showed actual footage of the McCarthey trials. When you are an individual with specific views, that's one thing. When you blatantly practice unpopular views after a major world war and then put your entire family and friends in jeopardy on purpose, then that's something else entirely, especially when you are filthy rich and just been quirky (he admits to that). Where the movie really becomes interesting is what all of the blacklisted writers had to do to get their scripts published in Hollywood. Helen Mirran is great as Hedda Hopper and John Goodman has one absolutely unforgettable scene. I would not have paid $15 to see this on screen but definitely take the time to watch this one for its historical value.

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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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