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Guilty by Suspicion (1991)




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A film director faces the end of his career after being accused of communism during the infamous 1950s Hollywood blacklist in this political drama. The director suffers a moral crisis when he is offered the opportunity to save his career -- but only if he testifies against a close friend.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Irwin Winkler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Warner Home Video


Robert De Niro
as David Merrill
Annette Bening
as Ruth Merrill
Luke Edwards
as Paulie Merrill
Ben Piazza
as Darryl Zanuck
Barry Primus
as Bert Alan
Gailard Sartain
as Chairman Wood
Robin Gammell
as Congressman Tavenner
Brad Sullivan
as Congressman Velde
Tom Sizemore
as Ray Karlin
Roxann Biggs
as Felicia Barron
Stuart Margolin
as Abe Barron
Barry Tubb
as Jerry Cooper
Gene Kirkwood
as Gene Woods
Margo Winkler
as Leta Rosen
Allan Rich
as Leonard Marks
Al Ruscio
as Ben Saltman
Bill Bailey
as Fox Guard
Adam Baldwin
as FBI Man
Nicholas Cilic
as Matt Nolan
Claude Rauvier
as Claude Rowan
Stephen Root
as RKO Guard
John Horn
as Mike Rainey
Jon Tenney
as Man Shopper
Cecile Callan
as Wife Shopper
Tom Rosqui
as Norman
Monica Carrico
as Nelly Lesser
F.J. O'Neil
as Ad Agency Executive
Joan Scott
as Teacher
Paul Collins
as Bernard
James Mathers
as Director
Kevin Page
as 2nd FBI Man
Joe Bennett
as Choreographer
Robert Chimento
as Assistant Director
Craig Smith
as Director of Photogra...
Maurice Marciano
as Costume Designer
Ben Dinsdale
as Maurice
Russell Bobbitt
as Propmaster
Cindy Carey
as Party Guest
Ivor Leslie Dilley
as 1st Assistant Direct...
Natalie Zimmerman
as Woman on Buckboard
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Critic Reviews for Guilty by Suspicion

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 15, 1991
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 29, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Guilty by Suspicion


Interesting drama of a dark, shameful period of America's history, the McCarthy blacklist, and the toll it took on decent people. Uniformally excellent performances. It would be nice to think the venality of the committee members was a dramatic exaggeration but sadly it was all to real.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

De Niro gives his best if most underrated performance. The film however never quite reaches the true levels of paranoia you would expect. It does however show these events happening to very real characters. It's certainly an emotional journey as we see their lives fall apart. Unfortunately it is slightly over melodramatic in its presentation.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

I got lost and distracted many times during this film, but the last half an hour, seemed to hold my attention.

I wasn't aware of the 'Blacklist era' or the story behind it, but I'm sure both Robert De Niro and Annette Benning's performances will have served the story well

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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