"Trumbo gives you reasons to cheer but also to weep."
-- Stephen Holden, New York Times

Dalton Trumbo was the impassioned, sharp-witted screenwriter of such classics like Roman Holiday and Sparticus and in 1950 fell victim to the House Un-American Activities Committee, becoming one of the original Hollywood Ten--a group famously imprisoned and subsequently blacklisted by their peers for their alleged Communist sympathies.

After his release from prison, unemployed and with no means to support his family, Trumbo began a crusade for justice by writing under assumed names and laying waste to his enemies with Shakespearean-like zeal, using only a pen as his weapon.

Through stirring performances of his personal correspondence, composed during the time of his incarceration and subsequent professional lockout, some of today's finest actors shed new light on a man grappling with the burden of responsibility to his country, his family and himself.

Hollywood blacklisted him...but he had the last word.

Cast & Credits

  • Written by Christopher Trumbo
  • Directed by Peter Askin
  • Produced by Will Battersby, Alan Klingenstein, Tory Tunnell and David Viola


  • Joan Allen
  • Brian Dennehy
  • Michael Douglas
  • Paul Giamatti
  • Nathan Lane
  • Josh Lucas
  • Liam Neeson
  • David Strathairn
  • Donald Sutherland

Released by Samuel Goldwyn