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||IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 from votes
||Release: 8 November 1991 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Drama, Thriller
||Director: Irwin Winkler,
||Stars: Annette Bening, Barry Primus, Ben Piazza, Brad Sullivan, Chris Cooper, Gailard Sartain, George Wendt, Luke Edwards, Martin Scorsese, Patricia Wettig, Robert De Niro, Robin Gammell, Roxann Dawson, Sam Wanamaker, Tom Sizemore
||Synopsis: David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood director, returns from filming abroad in France to find that his loyalty has been called into question by the House Committee on Un-American Activities and he is unable to work until cleared. Before being called, his highest priority had been his work to the extent of leaving his wife (Annette Bening) and son (Luke Edwards) alone for months at a time. He initially refuses to implicate others or himself in a private meeting with Roy Cohn and a studio lawyer. This decision initially to stick to his principles first leaves him unable to work in his profession, even with films and producers he never would have worked with before. Harassment by the FBI leaves him unable to work on Broadway, with advertising agencies, or even in a small film repair shop. Finally, having fallen so far, and tempted with a new offer to direct a film from his old studio (if he testifies), he agrees to go before the Committee, initially planning to ... Written by Mike Harris <[email protected]>
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This is a fairly good movie. It provides a compelling dramatic struggle
and captures the paranoia of an era. However, like many Hollywood
movies, it strives more to create a dramatic story than an accurate
This movie was originally to be based on the life of blacklisted
writer/director Abraham Polonsky (Force of Evil, Body and Soul).
Polonsky was working in France at the time of the HUAC hearings and a
friend called to tell him not to come back or he'd be called to
testify. He deliberately came back for the express purpose of telling
HUAC where they could stick it. This is a good story as an anecdote,
but not a great story for a movie.
The one place in which this movie (and many other movies) softens the
history is by making the protagonist politically neutral. It is
certainly true that many people accused were not communists or had only
attended a meeting out of curiosity, but this is not true for
everybody. Many of these people were devout socialists. As Polonsky has
said on occasion "During the Great Depression, anybody with a brain
considered Communism. The Capitalist system was BROKE. Communism looked
like a smart bet." While many of these people reconsidered as the
nation returned to prosperity, a large number did not.
Most of the famous Hollywood Ten were still believers in socialism when
they were blacklisted. There is no evidence that any of them were spies
for the Soviet Union-- many of them had already learned that the USSR
was not the socialist paradise they dreamed of-- but they did believe
in the writings of Mark and Engels. It is also true that they placed
socialist themes in their films. They created gangsters who only cared
about money, families screwed over by greedy real estate brokers and
poor saps who put it all in the stock market.
However, none of this was illegal. They had every right to believe in
whatever politics they chose to. They had every right to create these
films-- and their movies seemed to have a resonance with the audience.
They're lives and careers were destroyed because they held political
beliefs that some viewed as threatening.
I also want to point out that Elia Kazan was not the model for this
film. Elia Kazan has been repeatedly condemned by Polonsky and others
who were blacklisted. He chose to name names and to allow the HUAC to
bully him. I don't condemn him for this like other people. As this
movie shows, so much was on the line for people who HUAC sets their
sights on. Kazan cracked. He failed to be a hero, when the time came.
This doesn't mark him a coward, merely something less than a hero. "On
the Waterfront," while not a direct explanation of his actions, is an
excellent look at his state of mind around that time.
While yes, I have not spent much time reviewing this movie, I felt it
necessary to set the record straight about history.
Tags for Guilty by Suspicion Full Movie
, Barry Primus
, Ben Piazza
, Brad Sullivan
, Chris Cooper
, Gailard Sartain
, George Wendt
, Luke Edwards
, Martin Scorsese
, Patricia Wettig
, Robert De Niro
, Robin Gammell
, Roxann Dawson
, Sam Wanamaker
, Tom Sizemore
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