2015 ( USA ) ( Biography, Drama )
STARRING: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren
DIRECTOR: Jay Roach
The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo is among 10 screenwriters subpoenaed to testify before the US Congress regarding alleged Communist propaganda in Hollywood films. They refuse to answer questions and are jailed. When Trumbo gets out of prison, he is blacklisted, and barred from working in Hollywood. Some sever ties with him to protect their careers, but low-budget filmmakers Frank (John Goodman) and Hymie King (Stephen Root) happily employ the venerated writer to polish their B-movies.
Trumbo is a fascinating portrait of a time when suspicion could end a promising career, and Bryan Cranston earns an Oscar nomination for his stellar portrayal of the Hollywood screenwriter.