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Rated R · 124 minutes · 2015

Biography, Historical drama
The collision of a suspenseful story about the real-life travails of a wronged Hollywood screenwriter, a pair of the finest character actors in the business, and the sure-handed direction of Jay Roach, equals a smart, politically pointed, but sobering drama of the bad old days. In a wonderful performance by Bryan Cranston, award-winning writer Dalton Trumbo has his career hijacked by the US Congress because someone thinks that he — along with several of his colleagues — are communists during the Red Scare of the late 1940s. John McNamara’s screenplay, adapted from the book by Bruce Cook, pits the stubborn Trumbo against gossip columnist and rightwing harpy Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren, in full froth) plus various opportunists and cowards. It’s a battle royale, but a sad commentary on the eternal American cultural wars. Also in the gregarious cast: Louis C.K., Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elle Fanning, and John Goodman. Another depressing history lesson, but one that hasn’t lost its timeliness (124 min.).
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Director: Jay Roach
Producer: Michael London, Janice Williams, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson, Nimitt Mankad, John McNamara, Kevin Kelly Brown and Kelly Mullen
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Louis C.K., John Goodman, Stephen Root, Michael Stuhlbarg, Roger Bart, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Dave Maldonado, John Getz, David Elliott, Alan Tudyk, Dean O'Gorman, Christian Berkel and Madison Wolfe





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