In 1971 the film version of Dalton Trumbo’s controversial anti-war novel Johnny Got His Gun was released and I was invited to spend an afternoon and evening with the Trumbo family at their home in Marin. If only I had thought to make notes but I was so entranced with the stories he told that there was no time to think about such a thing.
When we were asked if EatDrinkFilms would like to host a special advance screening of the new movie Trumbo we said “Yes!”
Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, Diane Lane and John Goodman co-star.
Trumbo opens in San Francisco theaters on Friday, November 13th.
“Sometimes we take our constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly for granted, until films like Trumbo remind us how precious they are. Also, discovering which Hollywood heavyweights (John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Otto Preminger, Edward G. Robinson) were on the right or wrong side of history is a revelation.
“Revealing. Fascinating. Entertaining.” Dwight Brown, Huffington Post
Kirk Douglas hired Dalton Trumbo to write Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus against the fears of Hollywood. What did he think of this new movie?
Read it here.
“Catnip for fans of old Hollywood — and possibly for Oscar voters — this highly entertaining biopic focuses on so-called “swimming pool Communist” Dalton Trumbo, who was once Tinseltown’s highest-paid writer. ….It’s a cracking good story, and Bryan Cranston does a great job portraying a man who made great sacrifices for his principles — and the effect it had on his family.”
–Lou Lumenick, New York Post
Caryn James writes about the making of the film in “A Hollywood Ending for Dalton Trumbo” for The Wall Street Journal.
Read a detailed biography of Dalton Trumbo here.