Posted on November 27, 2015


Trumbo – The story of Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston of TV’s Breaking Bad), a major Hollywood screenwriter in the 40s and 50s, who was blacklisted along with several others for being members of the CPUSA. Mainly he was an advocate for workers’ rights. These government types felt that movies were the “most powerful influence” on people and that they contained hidden anti-American messages. How they were able to get away with putting Trumbo and others in jail for “contempt of Congress” was just criminal.

It was interesting to learn that gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (played delightfully nasty by Helen Mirren) had considerable sway during that time. Also, to see that All-American John Wayne (David James Elliott – think JAG) was a bigot and that Kirk Douglas (Dean O’Gorman) stood up for his beliefs and Trumbo. John Goodman is perfect as Frank King, producer of sleazy pictures. Diane Lane plays Trumbo’s wife Cleo and Elle Fanning his daughter Nikola.

Gave a couple of good speeches but I kept thinking he must have modeled his character on George Burns. I did like that all the lines and wrinkles showed on his face. And the way everyone smoked, it was surprising they all didn’t die from lung cancer.