The Front

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1976

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Director:
Martin Ritt
Released:
1976
Rating:
PG
The Front is a 1976 feature film directed by Martin Ritt and produced by Charles Joffe and Jack Rollins. The movie is about the blacklisting of actors and film writers during the years of Communist paranoia in Washington. In fact, a few of the writers and actors in the actual movie were blacklisted in real life. The film takes place in the 1950s in New York. It revolves around a simple restaurant cashier, Howard Prince (Woody Allen) who is friends with a talented film writer, Alfred Miller (Michael Murphy). Unfortunately, Alfred has been blacklisted so he can no longer write for television shows. He asks his friend Howard to sign the scripts for him and the cashier agrees. This leads to Howard living a sort of fake life, where people think he actually wrote the talented scripts. This is especially problematic when he starts to date his editor, Florence Barrett (Andrew Marcovicci), and when he gets called to testify before the Un-American Activities Committee in Congress.moreless

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Comedy, Drama