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Release Date: June 27th, 2008

DVD Release Date: September 15th, 2009

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.

Director: Peter Askin

Genres: Documentary

Distributors: Samuel Goldwyn Company

Keywords: 1950s, 1960s, Prison, 1940s, Underdog, 1970s, Creative, Inspiring, Sacrifice

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  • An invigorating, funny, and moving portrait of a Hollywood hero. show more

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

  • 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

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