7.52 h 4 min2015X-RayR
Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo, Hollywood's top screenwriter in 1947, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.
Jay Roach
Bryan CranstonHelen MirrenElle Fanning
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Diane LaneJohn GoodmanLouis C.K.Michael Stuhlbarg
Janice WilliamsShivani RawatMonica LevinsonNimitt MankadJohn McNamaraKevin Kelly Brown
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TEmbryReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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First anyone in America a Communist? (beside Hanoi Jane Fonda)?
If they are I doubt anyone would admit to it
And before anyone applauds too much go back and read the history
of what Stalin was advocating.
The death of millions of his own citizens and total control
of the state!
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Jennifer RigginReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
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High Gloss film of the 40's Movie Era
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While this film takes a very different version than the book, it is nonetheless a well thought out and beautifully done movie. High gloss with amazing costumes. Hedda Hopper is the female antagonist. Never even mentioned in the book, so it is interesting how this role is taken on. It is nice that the screen writers added this strong female character because my complaint about the book is that it is very masculine in its perspective. Also, Elle Fanning plays Trumbo (Cranston's) daughter. Also not mentioned in the book but makes for an interesting character as well because she takes on a lot of the roles and ultimately the social justice perspective of her father. Beautiful complement to the book as it shows in vivid detail the parts of Trumbo's life which are somewhat hard to understand due to the context of time. Such as his experience in jail in Kentucky. His brief relationship to the African American friend he meets there working as a clerk because he is skilled at writing and typing. And of course, the Black list Trials as well. Very much enjoyed seeing his relationship to Kirk Douglas and working for Otto Preminger who I know from being Dorothy Dandridge's lover and perhaps subsequent downfall as she commit suicide. Perfect film for movie lovers and fans of the Old Hollywood Era.
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MADReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2017
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Should be Watched in Classrooms Studying Civil Rights
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Great screenplay about a dark history in this country that is threatening to repeat itself but with a different "enemy" of the State. Having grown up in the 50's and 60's I was aware of the "red scare" and the blacklists and knew some of the names of those who were targeted. I didn't, however, know all of the details that were in this movie. But, over and above the fascinating, and sad, historical events, I thought the casting and acting was stellar, especially Brian Cranston's playing of Dalton Trumbo. Spot on, as usual for him. A must see.
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mike6Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
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Screenwriter to remember
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This film will amuse and stimulate you on many levels. Bryan Cranston is brilliant. No one could do this better as he portrays Dalton Trumbo one of Hollywood's greatest screenwriters. I loved every minute of the film and it's hilarious as he survives the blacklist period of his career writing cheap low budget scripts. Great film and one of the best I've seen in years. Hard to believe the blacklist happened, and how much it hurt writers and actors at that time. It is an object lesson in history and freedom of speech we all need to absorb and review.
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Scott HaleyReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2021
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What Freedom Means
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Well done...superb movie. Kudos to Dalton Trumbo for his belief in the Bill of Rights. All the actors in this portrayal of Trumbo's story did a great job. As a kid, I lived through that time of the HUAC, and even then I thought: this violates the Constitution. We still have people today who profess to be in favor of Freedom, but then deny it to others... all in the name of "national security" and "defending the American way of life". The price of being free isn't only on the battlefield. It's also in tolerating others whose thoughts, appearance, and/or actions (as long as they're not breaking the law) are different from your own.

This film tells a great story, and the acting, directing, and production are top-notch. I've been watching movies since about 1948, and consider this one to be excellent. Of course, maybe it helps if (like me) you're old enough to remember the real Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Otto Preminger, Hedda Hopper, etc. :) In any case, the movie is well worth your time and has a lesson for us all.
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PaulaReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2021
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Great acting, great story
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I've always wondered how anyone got away with this blacklist. It's sadly ironic that it was the blacklist and the persecution of the people on it that were the un-American activities. If this movie is true to reality, Trumbo was a remarkably calm, stable, and intelligent person, fully deserving of the respect he eventually achieved.

Besides this remarkable story, there wasn't a weak actor in the bunch. And it was fun seeing how the actors portrayed famous people we all know: Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, John Wayne. Helen Mirren, always fabulous, disappeared in her portrayal of Hedda Hopper. I could fully believe I was watching a film from the 1940s during all her parts.
S. HummaReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Trumbo Manages to Triumph in Spite of Blacklisting
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My husband and I always try to watch as many of the Academy Award nominees as we can, though we often have to wait until they are released on DVD or streaming since we live in a small town and the local theater simply doesn't bring a lot of the nominated titles to town. Such was the case with Trumbo--we rented it the other night on Amazon--I wanted to watch a nominated film but really wasn't in the mood for some of the heavy, dark or depressing subjects covered by some of the other nominees. We will watch them all eventually, but just not that night. I knew from the previews that Trumbo dealt with the Hollywood blacklist era--not an uplifting subject either, but it seemed that Mr. Trumbo had somehow managed to weather the experience. And he did. I felt, just as I always do whenever I watch a documentary or drama about Hollywood blacklisting, that slow burn of outrage, anger at the sheer stupidity and gross unfairness of what was done to these people. In the late seventies my intro political science professor told us, in teaching about the various forms of government, that ALL of them, in their pure forms, were good, workable systems. The problems arose because man was incapable of running a pure system. Democracy certainly fails with flying colors when we examine what happened during the Communist scare witch hunts. People lost their livelihoods. People committed suicide. But in Trumbo we see a man who somehow managed to survive. He and his family suffered and were ostracized, but apparently Trumbo was such a genius that he couldn't be suppressed, and the Hollywood machine recognized his genius and allowed him to write scripts and contribute, without recognition or adequate payment of course, for decades. And his contributions were impressive. I was surprised (and disappointed) at some of the Hollywood legends who took the party line during the Blacklisting period. Bryan Cranston gives an excellent performance as Trumbo. Good supporting cast as well. Like so many docudramas, perhaps there is a slight lack of dramatic tension--they can only tell what happened--but what happened was pretty horrific. And Trumbo triumphs in the end. He seems to have maintained a certain sense of humor throughout when other people might have given in to total bitterness. I'm glad his genius was finally recognized.
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Bo T.Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2021
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Every scene, line, acting, music, visuals... all deserved five stars!
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How easy it is for our society to be turned in on itself, with neighbors and friends, turning against each other fueled by a few people fanning the flames. History tends to repeat itself and here we are, decades after this witch hunt, watching a similar energy taking place once again. Maybe watching this moving reenactment of Government going after a group in Hollywood, destroying carriers and families, people will wake up and come back to realize, we are all one people, sharing this journey together, on a unique and amazing planet. And that it's ok, for people to have a different point of view, to see through their own pair of rose colored glasses. And that, is what liberty is all about. Thank you to those who created this masterpiece!
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