The Front

The Front

Director: Martin Ritt Cast: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi
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The Front

Woody Allen stars in this serio-comic look at a man faced with a moral dilemma when he "fronts" for blacklisted writers during the McCarthy Era, which has been given a sturdy presentation on DVD. The Front appears on this disc in two transfers: one letterboxed in the film's original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (which is enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors) and another pan-and-scanned to the full-frame format of 1.33:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The dialogue is in English with optional subtitles in English, French, Japanese, and Korean. The film's original trailer appears as a bonus.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2004
UPC: 0043396085701
Original Release: 1976
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Howard Prince
Zero Mostel Hecky Brown
Herschel Bernardi Phil Sussman
Michael Murphy Alfred Miller
Andrea Marcovicci Florence Barrett
Remak Ramsay Hennessey
Marvin Lichterman Myer Prince
Lloyd Gough Delaney
David Margulies Phelps
Joshua Shelley Sam
Josef Sommer Committee Chairman
Danny Aiello Danny La Gattuta
Georgann Johnson TV Interviewer
Scott McKay Hampton
Polly Holliday Actor
Albert M. Ottenheimer Actor
Norman Rose Howard's Attorney
Charles Kimbrough Committee Counselor
David Clarke Hubert Jackson
John Bentley Bartender
Julie Garfield Margo
Murray Moston Boss
MacIntyre Dixon Harry Stone
Rudolph Willrich Tallman
William Bogert Parks
Joey Faye Waiter
Marilyn Sokol Sandy
John Slater TV Director
Jacob Bernstein Alfred's Child
Matthew Tobin Man at Party
Sam McMurray Young Man at Party
Joe Jamrog FBI Man
Michael Miller FBI Man
Lucy Lee Flippin Nurse
Jack Davidson Congressman
Donald Symington Congressman
J. Patrick McNamara Federal Marshall

Technical Credits
Martin Ritt Director,Producer
Charles Bailey Art Director
Tom Beckert Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Bernstein Screenwriter
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Walter Goss Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Greenhut Associate Producer
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Robert Jiras Makeup
Charles H. Joffe Producer
Sid Levin Editor
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Peter R. Scoppa Asst. Director
James Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
James G. Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
Juliet Taylor Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:51]
2. "Young at Heart" [2:35]
3. Howard Prince [1:33]
4. Blacklisted [5:35]
5. Phil Sussman & Florence Barrett [3:10]
6. Hecky Brown, Red Dupe [3:15]
7. Grand Central [2:28]
8. Lunch with The Involved [6:10]
9. Widening the Front [3:43]
10. Script Conferences [4:28]
11. The Rewrite [3:31]
12. Fired [1:16]
13. The Writer Is Really the Star [:41]
14. "Help Me. Please." [3:48]
15. Confusing the Artist & the man [3:54]
16. Hecky's Club Date [7:14]
17. Herschel Brownstein [3:07]
18. The Party [2:46]
19. Howard's Standards [1:41]
20. Reconciliation [2:15]
21. Phil Takes a Stand [2:04]
22. The Deal [2:09]
23. Hospital Visit [3:34]
24. A Big Hit in Pennsylvania [3:42]
25. Time to Go [3:27]
26. "I'm a Front" [5:36]
27. House Committee on Un-American Activities [5:46]
28. A Prince of a Prince [4:06]

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The Front 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Yes, this is a Woody Allen movie and, yes, we have Woody as the underdog who meets the intelligent and beautiful girl. But there is far more to this movie than that. We have a set of characters who have been blacklisted by the HUAC who are writers. They have Woody's character front for them by putting his name on their scripts. What happens then is the movie exposing the tragedies of some of these characters including Zero Mostel who, in my opinion, gives us an Oscar winning performance as a blacklisted comedian who is ''removed'' from a telelvision program because of his background being discovered and then unable to find suitable work. Mostel is simply brilliant - but when wasn't he? As for Woody, he moves from a low class to someone making money and moving into a swank apartment in Manhatten. But even Woody finally sees the light of day when he is summoned to appear at a House on UnAmerican Committee hearing and tells it like it is. At the end he is no longer fronting for anyone; he becomes himself. As mentioned in the initial review, many of the cast members were victims of McCarthyism and the black list of the early 1950's. This is a must movie to either rent or buy on DVD. It will enlighten those who are not familiar with this period of American history and perhaps wake them up to what could be happening right now if we are not careful. I have put the live London performance of Bernstein's ''Candide'' which also goes to a degree into this sad period of American history. In fact, it was that ''ism'' - McCarthyism that motivated Bernstein and his friends to put together this work.