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Guilty by Suspicion (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 15 March 1991 (USA)
David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood Director, returns from filming abroad in France to find that his loyalty has been called into question by the House Committee on... See full summary »

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Irwin Winkler

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Irwin Winkler

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Chris Cooper ... Larry Nolan
Ben Piazza ... Darryl Zanuck
Martin Scorsese ... Joe Lesser
Barry Primus ... Bert Alan
Gailard Sartain ... Chairman Wood
Robin Gammell ... Congressman Tavenner
Brad Sullivan ... Congressman Velde
Tom Sizemore ... Ray Karlin
Roxann Dawson ... Felicia Barron (as Roxann Biggs)
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Storyline

David Merrill (Robert De Niro), a fictitious 1950s Hollywood Director, returns from filming abroad in France to find that his loyalty has been called into question by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and he is unable to work until cleared. Before being called, his highest priority had been his work to the extent of leaving his wife (Annette Bening) and son (Luke Edwards) alone for several months at a time. He initially refuses to implicate others or himself in a private meeting with Roy Cohn and a studio lawyer. This decision initially to stick to his principles first leaves him unable to work in his profession, even with films and producers he never would have worked with before. Harassment by the F.B.I. leaves him unable to work on Broadway, with advertising agencies, or even in a small film repair shop. Finally, having fallen so far, and tempted with a new offer to direct a film from his old studio (if he testifies), he agrees to go before the Committee, initially ... Written by Mike Harris <mharris@injersey.com>

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In the 1950's a war was being fought in the U.S. A committee of Congress sought to control the creative community through fear and censorship. Anyone who disagreed with them became... Guilty By Suspicion. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schuldig bei Verdacht See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,278,290, 17 March 1991

Gross USA:

$9,480,198

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,480,198
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Company Credits

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the article "McCarthyism Made Simple" by Jonathan Rosenbaum published in "The Chicago Reader", this picture was "the first Hollywood feature devoted in its entirety to the film industry blacklist." The earlier Martin Ritt-directed film The Front (1976) dealt with television. See more »

Goofs

When the De Niro character visits Zanuck watching dailies early on in the movie, we see that the dailies on screen are Marilyn singing a number from "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds" and Zanuck tells "Howard" (Hawks) the director (on the phone) that he can't see any difference in the various takes. "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" was filmed and released in 1953, but the last scenes of "Guilty By Suspicion" are Feb 1952. See more »

Quotes

David Merrill: [to Joe Lesser] You just can't let them do this to you, you can't let them get away with this.
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Connections

References The Third Man (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

I'M JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO
Written by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington
Courtesy of Blue Note Records (Roulette)
A division of Capitol Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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A perfect mirror
16 March 2004 | by leforcatSee all my reviews

The merit of this film is that it portrays the mechanism, the mentality and the impact on human character of what might very well be any communist regime there ever was in a stunningly perfect way (as a person grown up in a socialist country, believe me - I know!) - only here represented by people who are supposed to prevent communism from spreading! A great comment on human nature - whether intended or not is less important. If I didn't know better, I'd believe this was a Hollywood remake of some film about Stalin's 30:s purges or Polish repressions against the right wing combatants in the 50:s. Solid performance from De Niro, supported by a talented cast. Martin Scorsese appears in a cameo that must be one of the most extensive in his acting career.


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