Trumbo (2007, U.S.A.)

Studio: Madman Entertainment

Rating: PG

Running time: 96 minutes

Available Format: DVD

He defied a committee, he defied the system.  They took his honour.  They took his freedom.  So Dalton Trumbo went to war.  But the ending could only be written by him.

Trumbo is a portrait of Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who’s wit and talent is legendary.  A member of the Hollywood Ten, he was jailed then forced into exile by Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House of Un-American Activities Committee.  He continued to write by using pseudonyms, under which he produced some of his most widely-acclaimed and award-winning screenplays.  But letter-writing became the main archive of Trumbo’s extraordinary talents.  These letters serve as a wonderfully entertaining testament to the need for self-expression.  Following the 1957 scandal of the only-ever unclaimed Oscar, director Otto Preminger and actor/producer Kirk Douglas defied the Blackban and enabled Dalton Trumbo to once again take credit for his own work.

Told through performances of some of these letters by a cast of award-winning actors, archival and contemporary interviews and clips from his films, TRUMBO illustrates how his unerring belief in the freedom of speech and the power of the written word allowed him to fight against political persecution.