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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    TRUMBO

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    JOHNNYANGEL2010
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    Trumbo is a more compelling movie in its second half, when it's less political and more personal, as it leaves behind the interesting, but nevertheless somewhat stuffy, political dealings and really focuses on a man writing some of cinema's best screenplays from his bathtub and crediting other names for his work. The movie's ability to take a broader historical subject and humanize it well beyond the dusty pages of history is incredible, made possible by a brilliant performance from Bryan Cranston. The movie has its weaknesses here and there, including an occasionally struggling pace and some dubious history and definitions, but it's an altogether quality film on most every other level. Universal's Blu-ray release of Trumbo features outstanding video and terrific audio but shortchanges audiences with only two throwaway supplements. Nevertheless, the release earns a recommendation.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, not great

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    Cade
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    Performances are solid, especially Cranston, and John Goodman and Stephen Root have fun supporting roles that are reminiscent of the roles they often play in Coen brothers films, but the script was lacking and the feel of the movie was all over the place. One scene was comic, the next dramatic, the next had the factual feel of a biopic, then back again. The sympathy was correctly placed in the film, but the communists were presented as being the reasonable, logical ones, instead of simply the usual capitalism=evil Hollywood mantra we've come to expect. I thought that was a step too far.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Part of Hollywood history

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    wallyw
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    Intriguing retelling of the communist witch hunt in Hollywood that took place in the 40's and 50's. Bryan Cranston is excellent as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, as is Louis C K in a surprising dramatic role as a fellow screenwriter. But the standout performances are provided by supporting players John Goodman, and, as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, Helen Mirren. Both of these performances should've received Oscar nominations in their supporting categories. "Trumbo" is a must-see for all fans of classic movies and Hollywood history.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Story Well Told

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    BigRonDawg
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    This is a funny, biting, warm and honest look at one of the darker chapters of Hollywood history. The blacklisting of people because of their political views. This story revolves around the genius of Dalton Trumbo and how he and other writers survived those years. The story is well written and performed, especially by Bryan Cranston, Diane lane and Helen Mirren, with excellent support from John Goodman, Louis C.K. and many others. A story about a person's convictions and how they were put to the test but persevered.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

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    enzso
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    Excellent movie. I never really knew much about this important time in history in Hollywood. I had, of course, heard about it, but didn't really realize the magnitude of the power that this House Un-American Activities Committee had over people's lives. Powerful acting and a beautifully written movie about a really significant time in the history of our country. Everyone should watch this, but I am afraid that not every watcher will understands its importance.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting Story On A Interesting Guy

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    Trumbo was a rare movie for me that I purchased without having already seen it either in a theater or on video somewhere... I typically like to know what I'm purchasing. Even though I wasn't super knowledgeable on the man Dalton Trumbo, I knew of him and some of the stuff he was known for which when added to a great casting of the lead role to Bryan Cranston, it was a win win for me. After finally watching the movie, I was glad I made the investment.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The man who gave Johnny his gun

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    whalter58
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    When I was in high school I read 'Johnny Got His Gun' by Dalton Trumbo, then I saw the movie of it, both formed my view of war as a waste of humanity. I became a Trumbo aficionado, I read everything I could find about him. This movie is an almost perfect distillation of what this great man went through to tell his stories. Bryan Cranston & a powerful cast will teach you a very timely history lesson.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding!

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    TMAN
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    I missed Trumbo in theaters, but managed to get a copy while it was on sale at Best Buy. Cranston's performance was truly outstanding, as were those of his supporting players. We loved everything about this film and I'm thrilled to have it in my collection. The bluray picture looks great with well saturated colors, inky blacks and nice, crisp lines. I can't recommend this enough!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great from start to finish!

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    Jonese
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    Bryan Cranston, proves once again that he is an amazing actor! Loved this film! I had the pleasure of seeing it on my birthday and I'm glad that I did. It was a dark time for writers and the film industry in general. I also enjoyed it because I had a connection to one of the real people involved: Heda Hopper (she knew my grandfather). If you don't know who she was, look her up...

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Oscar Worthy Hollywood History

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    Besty
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    Once in a while a movie comes out about the Hollywood Red Scare period. An extreme zealous McCarthy approach to communism and the Black List . This great movie approaches the topic on an individual emotional level. It shows the stratergy to create and survive beyond any threat to one's talent. Others took credit for his work (voluntary) but was rewarded in the end.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bryan Cranston is simply outstanding.

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    highpockets
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    Bryan Cranston is truly an amazing actor and he deserved his Oscar nomination in this true story. He plays Dalton Trumbo the screen writer who was black listed due to his ties to the Communist Party. He went to prison and when he got out could only write under another name and not get credit. It has a great cast with Diane Lane and Louis C.K.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Good Movie

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    FrankK
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    Well written and well acted. Trumbo tells us about the Red Scare and the Scourge Of McCarthyism. Blacklisting was a terrible part of American History during the early 1950's. Some people thought there were Communists everywhere, and they would trample your rights too get at them. Bryan Cranston is excellent as screen writer Dalton Trumbo.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie about political persecution in USA

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    moviefanforever
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    This movie dramatizes the persecution that politically liberal Hollywood screenwriters endured in the 1950s. These blacklisted writers essentially lost their livelihoods because of their political beliefs. Bryan Cranston (from Breaking Bad) does a great job of portraying that suffering while still staying positive by writing under pseudonyms.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Intriguing History Lesson

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    palomine6
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    Fact-based and most interesting look at the life and times of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was among a sizeable group of so-called "Communists or Communist sympathizers" who were blacklisted toward the middle of the 20th century. Fascinating to look back to those days and to see how some things have changed yet some haven't.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

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    This is a fantastic view at a terrible time in hollywoods history. Trumbo may not me well known to teens nowadays but it's a film definitely worth watching to see how politicized Hollywood used to be. The only gripe I would have would be that I wish John Goodman was in it more. His character is hilarious!

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Kinda Boring

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    Movie is alright. Trailer led on to be a funny character role for Bryan Cranston and it moves too fast for you to enjoy his acting abilities. Also with co-stars like Louis CK you'd think it was a full on comedy. Trailer lied. Otherwise an enjoyable time piece about writers and their struggles in the mid-ish 19th century.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loved it!

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    Trish
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    5 stars for Bryan Cranston who is at his best. So believable! Excellent supporting cast. Was that JAG's David James Elliott as John Wayne? That Hollywood Blacklist business was bad news. Curious to learn more about it. If you like biographical/historical dramas you'll enjoy this movie.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Highly Entertaining

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    movieking
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    Great story of Hollywood blacklisting of actors writers and directors. if you were a communist back then while we were in the cold war with the Soviet Union you probably lost your job, also in other jobs. Cranston is fabulous, perfect fit to play Trumbo. Highly recommend.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely one of the best movies of the year

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    Matchpoint
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    This is what Oscar is all about. To me this was the best picture of the year. All of the cast was awesome. Good from the beginning to the end. Based on a true story with a lot of information helping you to understand more of Hollywood during the 50's, 60's and 70's

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must see.

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    PattyJ
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    Every school should require students to see this movie. It's a great history lesson. Of course, my favorite scene is the funeral scene but that's because my husband and I are the elderly couple.

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