Daniel

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Sidney Lumet directed this film version of E.L. Doctorow's novel The Book of Daniel scripted by Doctorow that deals in a thinly veiled although dispassionate way with the Rosenberg spy case of the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of their children. The Rosenbergs are the Isaacsons here, and the first image of the film is a close-up of their son Daniel's Timothy Hutton eyes as he recites a dictionary definition of the word "electrocution." Daniel becomes a detective as he seeks out friends and relations of his ...
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Sidney Lumet directed this film version of E.L. Doctorow's novel The Book of Daniel scripted by Doctorow that deals in a thinly veiled although dispassionate way with the Rosenberg spy case of the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of their children. The Rosenbergs are the Isaacsons here, and the first image of the film is a close-up of their son Daniel's Timothy Hutton eyes as he recites a dictionary definition of the word "electrocution." Daniel becomes a detective as he seeks out friends and relations of his parents -- Paul Mandy Patinkin and Rochelle Lindsay Crouse -- to discover some meaning from his parents' conviction as Russian spies and their execution in the electric chair during the communist paranoia of the 1950s. Daniel is prompted to investigate the past by the near-suicide of his hysterical sister Susan Amanda Plummer. The film weaves back and forth in time, recalling the period from the 1930s to the 1950s. In a strangely uninvolving way, Lumet's film takes no point of view, the only emotion derived from the almost continuous sounds of Paul Robeson's singing on the soundtrack.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2008
  • UPC: 844503000286
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Legend Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Timothy Hutton Daniel
Mandy Patinkin Paul
Lindsay Crouse Rochelle
Ed Asner Jacob Ascher
Ellen Barkin Phyllis Isaacson
Julie Bovasso Frieda Stein
Tovah Feldshuh Linda Mindish
Joseph Leon Selig Mindish
Carmen Mathews Fanny Ascher
Norman Parker Mr. Gulgiemi
Amanda Plummer Susan Isaacson
Lee Richardson Jack Fein
John Rubinstein Robert Lewin
Maria Tucci Lise Lewin
George Axler
Leo Burmeister
Burton Collins
Joe Dabenigno
Peter Friedman
Martha Greenhouse
Burtt Harris
Joe Kopmar
Will Lee
David Margulies
Ilan Mitchell-Smith
Colin Stinton Dale
Rita Zohar
Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director, Executive Producer, Producer
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
E.L. Doctorow Executive Producer, Original Story, Screenwriter
Peter C. Frank Editor
Burtt Harris Producer
John Heyman Producer
Bob James Score Composer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Daniel
1. The Electric Chair [1:30]
2. The Isaacson Foundation [7:36]
3. The Young Communist League [1:18]
4. Lessons From the Old Country [1:12]
5. May Day Protests [:39]
6. Grass Roots Communist Ideology [1:32]
7. My Soviet Comrades [2:31]
8. Susan's Attempt [2:52]
9. Paul and Rochelle Become Symbols [2:23]
10. The Children Are Indoctrinated [4:44]
11. The Peoples' Soldiers Go to See Robeson [2:24]
12. Visiting Susan [4:15]
13. Drawn and Quartering [:31]
14. Mindish Has Been Arrested [1:15]
15. FBI Comes to Question Paul [2:21]
16. Paul Is Arrested [2:01]
17. Violated the Espionage Act of 1917 [2:08]
18. Daniel Reflects on Susan's Influence [2:35]
19. Rochelle Lashes Against Mindish [1:27]
20. Rochelle Testifies at Grand Jury [2:00]
21. Rochelle Is Arrested [:59]
22. A Home for Daniel and Susan [4:26]
23. Daniel Searches for Answers [3:59]
24. Letter From Mom [1:58]
25. East Bronx Children's Center [:57]
26. Daniel and Susan Break Out [3:08]
27. Corporal Punishment in Czarist Russia [6:01]
28. Daniel Searches for Papers and Files [:30]
29. Susan's Deterioration [3:39]
30. Jacob Ascher Hurts the Case [1:47]
31. The Trial [5:05]
32. Passion and Hate [4:14]
33. Burning at the Stake [3:11]
34. The Last Visit to Mon and Dad [:24]
35. Linda Mindish - Two Perspectives [6:38]
36. Confronting Mindish [4:23]
37. The Execution [10:54]
38. The Funerals [3:27]
39. The Resistance Continues [5:13]
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