The Front Poster

Release Date: September 17th, 1976

DVD Release Date: February 17th, 2004

PG|1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary
In the 1950s, restaurant cashier Howard Prince (Woody Allen) is apathetic toward the politics around him. When a blacklisted screenwriter (Michael Murphy) asks Howard to sell a script under his own name, Howard sees an opportunity to make a profit and becomes a "front" for several blacklisted writers. But after he witnesses the social destruction of a comedian (Zero Mostel), Howard sees the corruption of McCarthyism and decides to do something to make a difference.

Cast: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, Michael Murphy, Andrea Marcovicci, Remak Ramsay, Marvin Lichterman, Lloyd Gough

Director: Martin Ritt

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Persky-Bright Productions, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Rollins-Joffe Productions

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Transformation, New York City, Rousing, 1950s, Witty


Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen - Based on Factual Material or on Story Material Not Previoulsy Published or Produced)