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Peter Askin

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About the Movie

A feature-film adaptation of Christopher Trumbo's play about his father, the writer Dalton Trumbo, "Trumbo" documents the rise of Dalton's career in Hollywood, and his subsequent public humiliation from being among the "Hollywood Ten" blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1940s for communist associations. Exiled and penniless, Dalton wrote under various pseudonyms, even winning two Academy Awards. Viewed by many as a moral and just man, Dalton stood for the American value and right of freedom of expression.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 55
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 10
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Peter Askin's stirring documentary Trumbo gives you reasons to cheer but also to weep. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net. – Robert Koehler, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Trumbo is an unconventional film about an unconventional man. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 18, 2008

Rotten: What kind of international revolutionary whines about his family being made unwelcome among the tykes of the bourgeoisie? – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Jul 16, 2008

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Customer Reviews


I don't know where else to write this, but please, please, please make a category for foreign films!

Wonderful and Important Lesson in Integrity and History

This is a wonderful movie that needed to be made about a very intelligent and insightful artist who was persecuted and bankrupted by small-minded, ignorant, and insecure people in government and in his own profession merely because he would not go along with the hysteria and ignorant persecution of the House UnAmerican Activities Committe and their accomplices for no rational reason. Trumbo was a rare example of an individual who was willing to give up his ability to make a living and everything he had worked for in order to stand for the principles enshrined in the constitution and not give in to the bullies who ruined many lives. Given the same choices presented to Trumbo, there aren't many of us who would have the courage to make the choice he did. This movie should be seen by every citizen, so that we can try to prevent events such as those depicted in this movie from happening in the future.

Note to Kyle Smith: your comment in the review that Trumbo was whining about his family being made unwelcome by the children of the bourgeoisie is sadly off the mark. What Trumbo was talking about in his letter to the school principal was that the persecution of himself by adults had also had devastating effects upon his daughter. It was about the affects of the blacklisting on the families of the people targeted.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2009

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