Trumbo is a true story about American scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo who was accused of being a Communist in 1950s America.
Dalton Trumbo played fantastically well by Bryan Cranston who takes a more joyful look at the man [Trumbo], but does go downbeat when the heat is turned-up after the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC), where Trumbo declined to answer question on whether he was an active Communist or member of the Communist Party of the USA.
During this time many people in the government, business, social activists and in the art and entertainment sectors were subjected to such hearings and public ridicule,which like in Trumbo’s case it resulted in him being banned from script writing in Hollywood.
“Trumbo deals with the witch hunting era of American ‘50’s anti-Communism”
Surprisingly John Wayne (David James Elliott) and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) both led the anti-Communist movement that caught-on in its heyday during the ‘50’s and the figurehead of this movement in outing-out possible Communists or Communist sympathisers was American Senator Joseph McCarthy.
While America got gripped and obsessed with Communists and also homosexuality, led to many people losing their jobs, careers, wealth and some committed suicide as a result.
In Dalton Trumbo’s case he had a group of friends who supported him through this most difficult time of his life. He was lucky, though times were financially challenging.
What he did and some in Hollywood knew about this was to write [film] scripts in another name, which actually won awards, which was a happy victory for Dalton Trumbo.