改編自Bruce Alexander Cook 1977年發表的自傳類小說《好萊塢的黑名單》，揭露美國電影界一段被人忽略的灰暗歷史
從這部精彩的自傳作品，可看出杜倫波不畏強權且勇於冒險的性格。在他的家鄉，他有一個擔任警長的爺爺；在洛杉磯，他維持正義發起麵包店罷工事件；在好萊塢，他是酬勞驚人的知名編劇，他非凡的人生與他筆下的人物一樣精彩動人。杜倫波的賣座電影作品包括《女人萬歲》(Kitty Foyle)、《羅馬假期》(Roman Holiday)、《東京上空三十秒》(Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo)、《萬夫莫敵》(Spartacus)、《自古英雄多寂寞》(Lonely are the Brave)及電影史上最偉大的逃獄電影《逃離惡魔島》(Papillon)。小說作品《強尼上戰場》(Johnny Got His Gun)更被譽為史上反戰經典之作。
The Oscar-winning screenwriter who broke the Hollywood blacklist.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring BRYAN CRANSTON (Breaking Bad), DIANE LANE (Under The Tuscan Sun), ELLE FANNING (Maleficent), JOHN GOODMAN (Argo), LOUIS C.K. (Louie) and Academy Award winner HELEN MIRREN.
Dalton Trumbo was the central figure of the infamous 'Hollywood Ten,' the screenwriters who, during the McCarthy era, were charged by the House Committee on Un-American Acitivities for their associations with the Communist Party. Due to their refusal to cooperate during the investigation, Trumbo and his fellow screenwriters were declared in contempt of Congress and were ultimately blacklisted from Hollywood and some were even jailed. Although Trumbo was one of several hundred writers, directors, producers, and actors who were deprived of the opportunity to work in the motion picture industry from 1947 to 1960, he won an Oscar under the pseudonym Robert Rich for The Brave One in 1956, and he was the first to see his name on the big screen again in 1960 with Exodus, one of the year's biggest movies.
All his life Trumbo was a radical of the homegrown, independent variety. From his early days in Colorado, where his grandfather was a county sheriff, to his time in Los Angeles, where he organized a bakery strike and was even a bootlegger, to his time as an author when he wrote the powerful pacifist novel Johnny Got His Gun, to his heyday as a top-paid (and frequently broke) Hollywood screenwriter-where his credits include Roman Holiday, Spartacus, Papillon, Lonely Are the Brave, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, The Brave One, and Kitty Foyle-his life rivaled anything he had created.
Written with Dalton Trumbo's full cooperation, at a moment when he himself did not know how much time he had left, Trumbo is a candid tale of a colorful figure who was at the epicenter of a tumultuous period in recent American history.