Open main menu

Trumbo (2007 film)

Trumbo is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Peter Askin, produced by Will Battersby, Tory Tunnell, and Alan Klingenstein, and written by Christopher Trumbo. It is based on the letters of Trumbo's father, Dalton Trumbo, an Oscar-winning screenwriter who was imprisoned and blacklisted as a member of the Hollywood Ten, ten screenwriters, directors and producers who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee's investigation of Communist influences in the Hollywood film industry.[1]

Trumbo (film).jpg
Directed byPeter Askin
Produced by
Written byChristopher Trumbo
StarringDalton Trumbo
Music byRobert Miller
Edited byKurt Engfehr
  • Filbert Steps Productions
  • Reno Productions
  • Safehouse Pictures
Distributed by
Release date
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and includes film clips and interviews, readings from Trumbo's letters by performers such as Michael Douglas, Joan Allen, Donald Sutherland, Liam Neeson, and Paul Giamatti, and a reenactment by David Strathairn of a speech given by Dalton Trumbo in 1970.[2] The readings include parts of what the New York Times calls "Dalton Trumbo's remarkably stage-ready personal letters"[2] that cover the period from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Interspersed with these are archival clips from the HUAC hearings, footage from home movies, and "exceptionally well-selected interview clips with Trumbo".[3]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 82% of 55 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 6.8/10. The site's consensus reads: "Trumbo celebrates the life and work of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo with measures of humor and sadness."[4] Metacritic rated the film 71/100 based on 18 reviews.[5]


  1. ^ McLellan, Dennis (January 12, 2011). "Christopher Trumbo dies at 70; screen and TV writer whose father was blacklisted". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Cieply, Michael (September 11, 2007). "A Voice From the Blacklist: Documentary Lets Dalton Trumbo Speak (Through Surrogates)". New York Times. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Koehler, Robert (September 20, 2007). "Trumbo (Documentary)". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Trumbo (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Trumbo". Metacritic. Retrieved February 20, 2015.

External linksEdit