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Guilty by Suspicion
     

Guilty by Suspicion

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Director: Irwin Winkler, Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, George Wendt

Cast: Irwin Winkler, Robert De Niro, Annette Bening, George Wendt

 

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The directorial debut of producer Irwin Winkler, Guilty by Suspicion is a sobering account of one movie executive's woes in dealing with the political fallout from the McCarthy Era Hollywood blacklist. Robert De Niro stars as David Merrill, a film director in the 1950s whose obsession with his burgeoning career has estranged him from his wife Ruth (Annette

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The directorial debut of producer Irwin Winkler, Guilty by Suspicion is a sobering account of one movie executive's woes in dealing with the political fallout from the McCarthy Era Hollywood blacklist. Robert De Niro stars as David Merrill, a film director in the 1950s whose obsession with his burgeoning career has estranged him from his wife Ruth (Annette Bening) and their son. When he returns from a trip to Paris, Merrill is surprised when told by his boss, Darryl F. Zanuck (Ben Piazza) that he's been summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, which is investigating Communist ties to Hollywood. Although Merrill once attended a meeting years before, he's not a Communist, and he refuses to help the committee wreck the career of his friend Bunny Baxter (George Wendt). Merrill becomes blacklisted, unable to find work even in menial positions or under assumed names as the editor of a B-movie or the director of a low-budget Western. Reconciled with his family, Merrill caves in and agrees to testify, but as he prepares to "name names," his conscience plagues him.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Veteran producer Irwin Winkler's first film as a director is a solid, if predictable, drama on the devastating effects of the House Un-American Activities Committee on Hollywood in the 1950s. The story of a highly regarded film director (Robert De Niro) who refuses to name his friends before the HUAC and the terrible aftermath of that decision, the film demonstrates how the lives of hundreds of people were irrevocably altered or destroyed by the fanatical star-chamber. Winkler, who also wrote the film, seems to have been trying for a low-key approach to a subject that would seem to lend itself to hysteria, but in the process he has gone too far in the opposite direction and drained away much of the drama. His golden-boy protagonist is simply too restrained, thoughtful, and well mannered to be compelling as a man fighting for his life and career. There is a similarly distanced feeling about almost all of the characters in the film, so that when one blacklisted actress drives off a cliff, it's difficult to have much of a response. This sense of bland muteness is carried over into the art direction, with sets awash in gray and mauve. Yet, for those who know little or nothing about the period, the painstaking historical accuracy of the script should provide an excellent introduction to one of America's most shameful periods.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2015
UPC:
0888574099237
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
15,514

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Performance Credits
Robert De Niro David Merrill
Annette Bening Ruth Merrill
George Wendt Bunny Baxter
Patricia Wettig Dorothy Nolan
Sam Wanamaker Felix Graff
Luke Edwards Paulie Merrill
Martin Scorsese Joe Lesser
Chris Cooper Larry Nolan
Ben Piazza Darryl Zanuck
Barry Primus Bert Alan
Gailard Sartain Chairman Wood
Robin Gammell Sen. Tavenner
Brad Sullivan Congressman Velde
Tom Sizemore Ray Karlin
Roxann Biggs Felicia Barron
Stuart Margolin Abe Barron
Barry Tubb Jerry Cooper
Gene Kirkwood Gene Woods
Margo Winkler Leta Rosen
Allan Rich Leonard Marks
Illeana Douglas Nan
Marion Dougherty Actor
Al Ruscio Ben Saltman
Bill Bailey Fox Guard
Adam Baldwin FBI Man
Nicholas Cilic Matt Nolan
Claude Rauvier Claude Rowan
Stephen Root RKO Guard
John Horn Mike Rainey
Jon Tenney Man Shopper
Cecile Callan Wife Shopper
Tom Rosqui Norman
Monica Carrico Nelly Lesser
Jonathan Ames Cabbie
Brant Van Hoffman Stanley
F.J. O'Neil Ad Agency Executive
Joan Scott Teacher
Dianne Reeves Singer
Paul Collins Bernard
James Mathers Director
Kevin Page 2nd FBI Man
Joe Bennett Choreographer
Craig Smith D.P.
Robert Chimento A.D.
Maurice Marciano Costume Designer
Martin Arsenault Waiter
Ben Dinsdale Maurice
Russell Bobbitt Propmaster
Cindy Carey Party Guest
Ivor Leslie Dilley 1st A.D.
Natalie Zimmerman Woman on Buckboard

Technical Credits
Irwin Winkler Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Alan C. Blomquist Co-producer
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Marion Dougherty Casting
David M. Dunlap Camera Operator
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Richard Lightstone Musical Direction/Supervision
Nelson McCormick Associate Producer
Leslie McDonald Art Director
Arnon Milchan Producer
Priscilla Nedd Editor
Steven E. Reuther Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Guilty by Suspicion
1. Chapter 1 [3:19]
2. Chapter 2 [2:39]
3. Chapter 3 [4:21]
4. Chapter 4 [1:46]
5. Chapter 5 [2:56]
6. Chapter 6 [3:22]
7. Chapter 7 [2:01]
8. Chapter 8 [5:17]
9. Chapter 9 [2:47]
10. Chapter 10 [1:55]
11. Chapter 11 [1:34]
12. Chapter 12 [3:16]
13. Chapter 13 [3:30]
14. Chapter 14 [6:03]
15. Chapter 15 [5:19]
16. Chapter 16 [6:33]
17. Chapter 17 [2:01]
18. Chapter 18 [5:13]
19. Chapter 19 [5:57]
20. Chapter 20 [3:59]
21. Chapter 21 [2:01]
22. Chapter 22 [1:11]
23. Chapter 23 [3:36]
24. Chapter 24 [4:24]
25. Chapter 25 [1:57]
26. Chapter 26 [1:41]
27. Chapter 27 [11:22]
28. Chapter 28 [4:53]

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Guilty by Suspicion 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Extremely true-to-life, if fictionalized story of a very dark time in U.S. History. Should be shown to high school history students. Very similar plot to the 1978 Woody Allen film, "The Front", but less comedy and more drama. Well acted, superb direction, cinematography, musical score is terrific, should have been a candidate for Best Picture
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert De Niro is just great. Great movie about the communist hunt in the US during the 1950's. You should really watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
MY favorite Deniro kilm by far. DeNiro is DeNiro. This is his probably his most intense performance ever. Just Watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good movie I saw last night as my wife loves De Niro the most. I liked the story, and I really liked the scene when I felt it necessary to say in a very disapproving and disappointed voice: ''Norm!'' (because the character's lousy decision; Georg Wendt can act!) My only disapointment was De Niro did not seem the ''Golden Boy'' director in the begining of the movie, when his troubles had not been ''revealed'' by suprise turns by Chris Cooper and Tom Sizemore; De Niro seems depressed in almost ever movie he's in and it limited his range in this movie. My wife disagrees; we both recomend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The soundtrack with excerpts from Louis Armstrong tracks was awesome along with orchestrated music from the composer. Deniro and Benning team to make a believable couple delivering powerful dramatic performances. While not the usual ''rough-guy'' performance by DeNiro, it was nice to see DeNiro diversity again.