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Trumbo (2015)

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


Jay Roach


John McNamara, Bruce Cook (book)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


At one point in the movie, Cleo (Diane Lane) talks about her first husband, called Hal. In Malcolm in the Middle (2000), Bryan Cranston played a husband (Malcolm's father), who was also called "Hal". See more »


When Trumbo and his family go to see "Roman Holiday" in their local cinema, a caption gives the date as "January, 1953". The film didn't open in America until September of that year. See more »


Edward 'Ed' Muhl: Kirk, if you don't get rid of Trumbo, I will.
Kirk Douglas: And right after I quit, you can re-shoot all my scenes. You see, Ed, for better or worse, I AM Spartacus.
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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 »


References Exodus (1960) See more »


The Mood I'm In
Written by Delores Cherry Leatherwood
Performed by Camille Howard
Courtesy of Specialty Records
Used by permission of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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User Reviews

An Overwhelmingh Historical Tale
24 November 2017 | by fanaticusanonymousSee all my reviews

I happened only 70 years ago and so many young people have never even heard about it. How can it be? And, how dangerous. Not to know will always put you at a disadvantage, oh yes, sooner or later. Trumbo feels like a story set in a totalitarian Country and yet...The spread of fear is a powerful weapon used by self-aggrandizing sociopaths. Joe McCarthy's success is still a mystery to me and Trumbo proves, in the most riveting way, how easily we can fall in that trap. Bryan Cranston is simply, sensational portraying a true American in all its contradictions. I never really thought of the actual degradation Trumbo and the other blacklisted writers went through until I saw it in Bryan Cranston's face. David James Elliott portrayal of John Wayne is chilling and disturbing, specially because id true. I've heard from people who knew him, what a nice man Duke was and yet...Helen Mirren as Hedda Hopper was another chilling and unexpected portrait of utter ignorance. I've only recently found out that she was behind the forces that wanted Charles Chaplin out of the Country. Congratulations to director Jay Roach and to a spectacular cast. Let's hope everyone pays attention.

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Release Date:

27 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,177, 8 November 2015

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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