Trumbo

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Released 2007

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Director:
Peter Askin
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13

Trumbo is a documentary about the controversial career of Dalton Trumbo, a successful screen writer who was blacklisted due to accusations of being a communist. In 1947, when the House Un-American Activities Committee put him on trial for having communist ties, Dalton Trumbo, was, at the least, uncooperative. Refusing to answer whether or not he was a member of the communist party, Trumbo was convicted, served 11 months in prison, and upon his release was blacklisted in Hollywood. But this by no means stopped the arrogant and now very driven writer, as he continued to churn out scripts under different names, even winning an unclaimed Oscar for a script he penned in 1956, The Brave One. Peter Askin's documentary covers this tumultuous time for the Hollywood mainstay, from his early successes, through his exile, to his eventual reinstatement. Actors like Paul Giamotti, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, and Joan Allen read a series of letters penned by the outcast writer, intimating his disdain and contempt for a Hollywood system that all but engaged in a witch hunt. Via the letters, archival footage, and selected interviews, Trumbo exposes a dark time in American movie history by telling the story of one of film's most determined successes.

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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Today few would dispute Trumbo's assessment of that very dark period: "The blacklist was a time of evil, and no one who survived it on either side came through untouched by evil."

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    An unconventional film about an unconventional man. Part documentary, part expertly staged readings, it focuses on the unquiet life and unforgettable words of screenwriter Dalton T...

  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about the price paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net.

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    Documentary, Drama

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    Politics, Historical, Biography