Guilty by Suspicion

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Irwin Winkler's Guilty by Suspicion makes a decent DVD, the most appealing element of which is its price. Part of the Warner Home Video low-price line, it does boast 28 well-selected chapters but otherwise no other special features. The movie itself is a well-intentioned but deeply flawed, fictionalized look at the beginnings of the Hollywood blacklist, filled with anachronisms in the performances as well as the plot details; it also drops too many names for its own good and is sloppily executed. But the DVD ...
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Irwin Winkler's Guilty by Suspicion makes a decent DVD, the most appealing element of which is its price. Part of the Warner Home Video low-price line, it does boast 28 well-selected chapters but otherwise no other special features. The movie itself is a well-intentioned but deeply flawed, fictionalized look at the beginnings of the Hollywood blacklist, filled with anachronisms in the performances as well as the plot details; it also drops too many names for its own good and is sloppily executed. But the DVD looks and sounds great in this release, with beautifully expansive stereo sound.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1998
  • UPC: 085391205326
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

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
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 & Sparkletones 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
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Foreword; "Don't Make Me Crawl" [3:17]
2. The Latest From Bunny [2:39]
3. Surprise Party [4:20]
4. Bonfire At The Nolans [1:45]
5. The Merrills In The Morning [2:56]
6. Zanuck's Dilemma [3:21]
7. Some Kind Of Problem [2:00]
8. Graff's Advice [5:17]
9. The School Play [2:46]
10. Denial; The Cold Shoulder [1:54]
11. Big Mistakes [1:34]
12. The Nolans At Odds [3:16]
13. Joe Lesser's Request [3:29]
14. Angry Words; Closed Doors [6:03]
15. "are They Gonna Kill You?" [5:18]
16. New York: Theatre Friends [6:32]
17. The Film Equipment Shop [2:01]
18. Return To Los Angeles [5:13]
19. Dinner With Dorothy;Tragedy [5:56]
20. A Western; Homework [3:59]
21. Badge In The Dust [2:00]
22. Christmas Cheerless [1:11]
23. Guilty By Suspicion [3:35]
24. "You Have To Give Them Names" [4:24]
25. Temptation From Zanuck [1:56]
26. "I'm A Filmmaker" [1:40]
27. The Hearing [11:22]
28. Bunny's Response; Coda And End Credits [4:56]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Liitle-Known History, Excellent Story

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    De Niro Hides It Well

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soundtrack for Guilty by Suspicion is ''Awesome''

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    De Niro is outstanding

    Robert De Niro is just great. Great movie about the communist hunt in the US during the 1950's. You should really watch it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why is DeNiro The Man?

    MY favorite Deniro kilm by far. DeNiro is DeNiro. This is his probably his most intense performance ever. Just Watch it.

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