In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

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Jay Roach

Writers:

John McNamara, Bruce Cook (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Dalton Trumbo
Michael Stuhlbarg ... Edward G. Robinson
David Maldonado ... Rocco (as Dave Maldonado)
John Getz ... Sam Wood
Diane Lane ... Cleo Trumbo
Laura Flannery ... Party Goer
Helen Mirren ... Hedda Hopper
David James Elliott ... John Wayne
Toby Nichols ... Chris Trumbo (age 6-10) (as Tobias McDowell Nichols)
Joseph S. Martino Joseph S. Martino ... Rally Participant
Madison Wolfe ... Niki Trumbo (age 8-11)
Jason Bayle ... Young Father
James DuMont ... J. Parnell Thomas
Alan Tudyk ... Ian McLellan Hunter
Louis C.K. ... Arlen Hird
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Storyline

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. This movie recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Dame Helen Mirren) to John Wayne (David James Elliott), Kirk Douglas (Dean O'Gorman), and Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel). Written by Bleecker Street

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When they tried to silence him, he made the world listen. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Steve Martin wrote that early in his career that his girlfriend and her "different" family introduced him to new ideas and intellectual opportunities. Her father was Dalton Trumbo. Martin had never heard of Trumbo. See more »

Goofs

Cleo Trumbo uses her 35mm film camera to take an indoor photograph of her daughter Niki Trumbo for her 16th birthday. At the time, no cameras were able to take a clear picture indoor without an additional light source. Actually, such indoor use of this camera type was common at least a decade before the period of the film. See more »

Quotes

Hedda Hopper: We've been friends for a long time. When did you become such a bastard?
Kirk Douglas: I've always been a bastard. You just never noticed.
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Crazy Credits

As the credit scroll begins, photos of the real Dalton Trumbo, his family and other people portrayed in the film are shown. These are followed by historical footage of Trumbo giving an interview (from the same one where he acknowledges that he is 'Robert Rich'). See more »

Connections

References Umberto D. (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

A Little Bird Told Me
Performed by Paula Watson
Written by Paula Watson
Courtesy of Tuff City Records
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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This movie about a man's struggles as a writer is engaging, compelling and just plain entertaining, highly recommend.
1 December 2017 | by ruadhan-38183See all my reviews

This movie is important. It tells the story of the struggles faced by the people who sought to have a differing political view in the 1950s and 60s. Their decision to think differently left them facing prejudice and hatred in America. This is the focus of this movie.

The story follow Dalton Trumbo, portrayed by Brian Cranston,a successful screenwriter in Hollywood in the 1950s. Cranston carries this movie on the shoulders of his performance. It is truly phenomenal how he brings such life and energy to this character. He captured my attention anytime he was on-screen and is without a doubt one of the major reasons you should see this movie.If you are a fan of any of Cranstons previous works you should love this movie for that reason alone. Cranston was nominated for an Oscar for this performance, a nomination I believe was well deserved.

The movie is of course based on a true story. while I cannot attest to the validity of the facts, I can confidently say that anyone interested in this period of history will find this movie much more enjoyable then reading a Wikipedia page.

Overall I give Trumbo 8/10 for its compelling plot and excellent performances. i would highly recommend it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trumbo See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,177, 8 November 2015

Gross USA:

$7,857,741

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,430,025
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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