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The Front

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Martin Ritt

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About the Movie

A blacklisted writer has a friend act as a front for his TV scripts. The front becomes famous and falls in love with a script editor. He has to face the truth when he is called before an investigative committee to testify.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 20
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It recreates the awful noise of ignorance that can still be heard. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: The tragedy implied by this character tells us what we need to know about the blacklist's effect on people's lives; the rest of the movie adds almost nothing else. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Bernstein smartly suggests how capitalism actually benefited from the oppression of suspected communists. – Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine, May 30, 2014

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Customer Reviews

A surprisingly not well known Woody special

It's wonderful when a clever screenwriter,director, and actors are able to turn a smart script into a funny, deep and also sad movie. There is, quite clearly, a much deeper point in this movie, but it is told in a way that you don't feel the medicine going down and its point is made intelligently, elegantly and with humor and strength. I was very very pleasantly surprised by this somewhat hidden gem.

History made FUN!

I believe many people will be upset by the fact that this movie isn't the average Woody Allen movie with his wonderful one liners and wit. It is much more than that. This tells the hisyory of the U.S.A.s', 1950s' witch hunt where families and careers were uprooted and destroyed. You could read all about this in books or the NET but why not watch it all unfold in a wonderfully writen and entertaining comedy. True Woody Allen fans will aplaud at the end.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2004

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