Trumbo The Hollywood blacklist is now so shrouded in mythology that it's bracing to rediscover its fear and loathing through the lens of one artist's experience.… Trumbo The Hollywood blacklist is now so shrouded in mythology that it's bracing to rediscover its fear and loathing through the lens of one artist's experience.… 2008-06-27 PG-13 PT96M Documentary Drama Joan Allen Michael Douglas Brian Dennehy
Movie Review

Trumbo (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo | TRUMBO Documentary looks at the '40s screenwriter blacklisted after refusing to testify at the HUAC hearings and his era
Image credit: Mitzi Trumbo
TRUMBO Documentary looks at the '40s screenwriter blacklisted after refusing to testify at the HUAC hearings and his era
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Jun 27, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 96 Minutes; Genres: Documentary, Drama; With: Joan Allen and Michael Douglas

The Hollywood blacklist is now so shrouded in mythology that it's bracing to rediscover its fear and loathing through the lens of one artist's experience. In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was the most sought-after screenwriter in Hollywood when he was dragged before HUAC and, along with the rest of the Hollywood Ten, cited for contempt of Congress when he refused to testify. (He did offer the committee a stern lecture.) Trumbo was sent to jail and blacklisted, yet the man captured by Peter Askin's penetrating documentary was such a hard-shelled and imperiously eloquent SOB that he never saw himself as a victim. That's Trumbo's message — that the true victim was America. B+

Originally posted Jul 11, 2008 Published in issue #1002 Jul 18, 2008 Order article reprints