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PG-13| 1 hr. 36 min.

Plot Summary
Like the protagonist of his classic film "Spartacus," leftist screenwriter Dalton Trumbo has a rebellious streak. During the McCarthy era, Trumbo refuses to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee and is sentenced to 11 months in prison. Blacklisted in Hollywood, Trumbo resorts to writing scripts under a pseudonym. The film uses archival footage, interviews and actors reading Trumbo's brilliant letters and scripts to construct a portrait of an uncompromising artist.

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Director: Peter Askin

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Company

Trumbo (2007)

Release Date: June 27th, 2008|1 hr. 36 min.

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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Trumbo is welcome just to bear witness to the severe consequences meted out to one man who dared to do the right thing. show more

  • 60
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Trumbo doesn't pretend to be tough-minded about its subject, and its failure to date the letters is an annoyance. But the substance of those letters, along with documentary footage and a touching appearance by Kirk Douglas, throws a baleful light on a bleak chapter of American history. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Trumbo, a rousing documentary as ornery, orotund and captivating as its subject (1905-1976), is an anatomy of irony. show more

  • May 07, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Intellectual stuff - not for airheads. If you like to read you will love it. Dalton Trumbo was a brilliant writer who got caught up in a political witch-hunt of some prominent politicians who exploited the fear of communism right after WW II. The bottom line: We have nothing to fear from ideas, particularly which we oppose based on our prejudices. All censorship is evil all of the time. McCarthy trampled our first amendment and we should not let that ever happen again (don't let the Democrats do that now in their current efforts to squelch conservative talk radio with the so-called "Fairness Doctrine".

  • August 17, 2008 chunkafunka
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    Fantastic movie !!! To show the resolve Dalton Trumbo and the other writers who were singled out and left with nothing but never gave up their integrity was very well done. I would see this movie a few more times and have no doubt that I will buy it for my DVD collection. Great archival footage and interviews.First class movie all around.

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