Trumbo

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Trumbo serves as an honorable and well-acted tribute to a brilliant writer's principled stand, even if it doesn't quite achieve the greatness of its subject's own classic screenplays.

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In 1947, successful screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) and other Hollywood figures get blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Cast & Crew

Bryan Cranston
Dalton Trumbo
Diane Lane
Cleo Trumbo
Elle Fanning
Nikola Trumbo
Louis C.K.
Arlen Hird
John Goodman
Frank King
Stephen Root
Hymie King
Michael Stuhlbarg
Edward G. Robinson
Roger Bart
Buddy Ross
Jay Roach
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John McNamara
Screenwriter
John McNamara
Producer
Kelly Mullen
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Critic Reviews for Trumbo

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  • Dec 03, 2017
    Very entertaining look at the Hollywood era of blacklisted communist artists and how one of the biggest writers of the time dealt with it. There are some slow parts, but especially the (perfectly cast) stars of the time showing up make for some really fun scenes. Cranston's charisma easily makes for a relate-able protagonist, who is easily forgiven for his quirks, while his struggle against oppression makes for a very engaging story. The ending is particularly satisfying.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2016
    Bryan Cranston, hot from his ingenious TV career, finds his perfect transition to film stardom with this Oscar-nominated portrayal of Hollywood legend and two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo. This film is an interesting scope at one of the movie industry's darkest periods. A charming, thoughtful and mainly, a finely acted piece of work.
    Ace T Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2016
    At times a heartfelt biopic and at other times a breezy and light telling of events, Trumbo is a mixed film. Taking place during Hollywood's reviled "black list" period, during which McCarthyism was king. Numerous Hollywood writers, actor, and directors become embroiled when their supposed affiliations to Communism-either real or imagined-became known. By all accounts Dalton Trumbo had a flamboyant and eccentric personality, and Bryan Cranston did an excellent job showing great range in his performance. The rest of the cast proves capable and the film is filled with some humorous moments as well as truly human ones. It's never as impacting or dramatic as it wants to be, however, and I was troubled with the film's overall treatment of the subject. Instead of a nuanced portray, the film is a heavily slanted apologist film which offers no context, and instead only superficially acknowledges the very real communist infiltration of Hollywood. McCarthy attacks aside, the extreme leftist ideologues and infiltration were far from imagined, and just as troubling as fascist sympathies the film imagines. A mixed bag.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2016
    Cranston is as entertaining as ever but I think the plot's a little too simplistic, especially when it deals with the creation of a blacklist.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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