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Release Date: September 10, 2007

Year    :   2007
Slogan    :   «Hollywood Blacklisted Him… But He Had The Last Word.»
Genres    :   Documentary
Production Companies    :   Thirteen
Director    :   Peter Askin
Producers    :   Sophia Lin, Craig Zobel, Alan Klingenstein, Jim Kohlberg, Kurt Engfehr, Ariana Garfinkel, Alan Hruska, Tory Tunnell, Will Battersby, David Viola, Kristin Kopp, Stelio Kitrilakis
Writers    :   Christopher Trumbo, Christopher Trumbo
RunTime    :   96 mins.

Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. Trumbo was one of several writers, directors, and actors who invoked the First Amendment in refusing to answer questions under oath. They were blacklisted and imprisoned. We follow Trumbo to prison, to exile in Mexico with his family, to poverty, to the public shunning of his children, to his writing under others' names, and to an eventual but incomplete vindication. Actors read his letters; his children and friends remember and comment. Archive photos, newsreels and interviews add texture. Written by

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