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7.52 h 4 min2015X-Ray13+
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.
Jay Roach
Bryan CranstonDiane LaneHelen Mirren
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4.4 out of 5 stars

614 global ratings

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T. P. CrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 September 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Trumbo is a fine film telling an interesting story about a difficult time in American history told with the right balance of humour and seriousness the topic deserves. Bryan Cranston is superb as Trumbo as is Diane Lane as his wife, Cleo. There's also a fine turn by Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper, who is the main villain of the piece. But there are good performances from all levels of the cast. I particularly liked Michael Stuhlbarg's turn as Edward G. Robinson who is used to demonstrate that whilst writers could still work anonymously despite being on the blacklist it was harder for actors who were their work. Worth watching. The book it is based on is worth reading too, especially as it has a little more detail on how the speech Trumbo makes at the end of the film was received.
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Martin B.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 February 2020
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This is one of the best films I've ever seen concerning artistic survival in the troubled Mcarthyist era of America. All based on true events Hollywood's top screen writer Trumbo is named and shamed (along with 9 other screen writers) and subsequently shafted and sacked by Hollywood the McArthy witch hunters. His name now dirt on the streets, screens and the pages of a brainwashing media. HOWEVER this does not stop him writing under an array of nom- d- plumes and still receiving Oscars for his award winning film scripts. When the work flood overwhelms him he delegates the scripts to the other card marked screenwriters who likewise write under nom-de-plumes. A marvellous example of art triumphing over despotism and still very relevant today, considering Snowden & Assange.

Trumbo's tenacity and triumphs would eventually help overturn the Fascistic approach of the US Govt. towards freedom of expression, which was to affect amongst others, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, and playwright Arthur Miller.

A very telling portrayal of actor Edward G Robinson, who although a friend and Communist affiliate of Trumbo's was forced Judas like to renounce him in public in order to stay in work. And an excellent portrayal exposing the red neck actor John Wayne too, and his part in these events, as head of the pro-American activities bureau. In the best scene of the film Trumbo roundly defeats Wayne when confronting him about the "Duke's" own activities in WWII...or rather lack of them. Very engaging and rewatchable film and a valuable historical document.
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mihosReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A shameful episode of Hollywood history.
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,A well written and well cast drama based on the events occuring during the paranoia of post-war Hollywood. almost a re-run of the Salem witch trials, but this time Communism is the bogey man, and yet again it is the innocent who suffer, in this case the award winning author and screen writer Dalton Trumbo,here played by Bryan Cranston,who faces the wrath of powerful figures in Hollywood among them columnist Hedda Hopper(Helen Mirren) a virulent anti-communist, and , of course, John Wayne. A story that needed to be told, how Trumbo and his family faced public humiliation and disgrace . all of which is taken with dignity and resolve, slowly and surely he re-establishes his career and their lives. A great story that needed to be told.
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Salamander Crepescule.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tremendous Trumbo.
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Nicely made political drama. Acting is superb for the most part with suspension of disbelief needed regarding portrayal of well know actors of the era played by actors who frankly look and sound nothing like their characters, more caricature than character. Having said that the story lifts the lid on the McCarthy witch hunt among the film industry of the day with forensic skill. Well photographed and does feel right in terms of conjuring up the feel of those difficult times. Should a film about Enoch Powell ever be made Bryan Cranston would be, physically, superb.
6 people found this helpful
Pirin AdventuresReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I'm extremely glad I got chance to watch it
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Not only was this film superbly acted, directed and produced, it was based on true events and lives. As a child I vaguely remember this head hunting by the American government for people having a view on something they believed in and been "taken out" of circulation because of this belief. Black and white segregation was another topic. I watched the closing speech by Trumbo, his words, as he clearly said,.... were to heal true those words are.
So not only is this a beautifully presented, acted, directed film, its important history. I learn a lot from this film and I'm extremely glad I got chance to watch it.
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CLAReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Refreshing, interesting, intelligent and fun
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How refreshing to sit through an intelligent, wonderfully acted, beautifully scripted film in which you also learn something about the history of Hollywood (and, indeed the US). Bryan Cranston is outstanding as Trumbo - funny, engaging, convincing, he fills the screen whenever he is on it. It's a great story and this film tells it perfectly. The script cracks along, the supporting cast is excellent (especially John Goodman and Diane Lane) and the story is informative rather than didactic or sentimental. Even Helen Mirren is ok in this (we usually find her very irritating) and manages not to overact too often. A surprising and thoroughly enjoyable watch.
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MissyGfulReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 October 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Films do not come much better than this
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Films do not come much better than this. Script (tick) Performances (tick) Photography (tick) Score (tick) Costume (tick) Everything (tick, tick, tick)

The story of Dalton Trumbo. A screenwriter with liberal views in the Blacklisting/Mcarthy witch hunt era of the 40s/50s who is trying to maintain some sort of integrity within the Hollywood system whilst trying to do the only thing he knows how to do ....write. Whilst informants and friends turn on him and each other he and his family face persecution from neighbours and the American public, Dalton Trumbo fights with his writing. Earning two Oscars albeit under false identities.

This film is informative, funny, heartbreaking and at a time when the world seems to once again be under this witch hunting , xenophobic hysteria gives us hope that decency, integrity and the truth will find a way.

I am Spartacus, I am Trumbo.
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AnelaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant movie and the topic is still relevant today
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I have never even heard of Dalton Trumbo, but I have been aware of the McCarthyism era in the USA. I only came across the movie while browsing through Amazon Prime and it just caught my eye.
Wow! I really loved it. It is obvious Dalton Trumbo was a great character with a huge talent so even a bad movie about him would be interesting. But this movie is so much better than just interesting, even though it covers a difficult time in America, it is actually entertaining, it educates, it is never boring, it flows easily due to a very good script and direction, not to mention the absolutely great ensemble of actors.
What is more, this movie and the era it depicts, is still very relevant today. It is about free speech, free thinking, individual freedom and censorship. And it doesn't matter if you are on the left or right of the political spectrum, censorship and witch hunt is never justified and it should never win.
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