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Guilty by Suspicion [DVD] [English] [1991]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Guilty by Suspicion
The directorial debut of producer Irwin Winkler, Guilty by Suspicion is a sobering account of one movie executive's woes in dealing with the political fallout from the McCarthy Era Hollywood blacklist. Robert De Niro stars as David Merrill, a film director in the 1950s whose obsession with his burgeoning career has estranged him from his wife Ruth (Annette Bening) and their son. When he returns from a trip to Paris, Merrill is surprised when told by his boss, Darryl F. Zanuck (Ben Piazza) that he's been summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which is investigating Communist ties to Hollywood. Although Merrill once attended a meeting years before, he's not a Communist, and he refuses to help the committee wreck the career of his friend Bunny Baxter (George Wendt). Merrill becomes blacklisted, unable to find work even in menial positions or under assumed names as the editor of a B-movie or the director of a low-budget Western. Reconciled with his family, Merrill caves in and agrees to testify, but as he prepares to "name names," his conscience plagues him. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - David Merrill
  • Annette Bening
    Annette Bening - Ruth Merrill
  • George Wendt
    George Wendt - Bunny Baxter
  • Patricia Wettig
    Patricia Wettig - Dorothy Nolan
  • Sam Wanamaker
    Sam Wanamaker - Felix Graff
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