Guilty by Suspicion
Drama | English | 105 minutes
When David Merrill, a 1950s film director, returns to the United States from Paris, McCarthyism and the Red Scare is sweeping the country. David refuses to cooperate with the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). He denies being a Communist and refuses to give any information or names of innocent colleagues. David is shocked when he is blacklisted from working on any films. At this time he must decide whether to cooperate with the HUAC or do what he feels is right at the cost of losing his job and his livelihood.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 65%
- Metacritic Score: 64
- Cannes Film Festival: Nominated, Palme d’Or
- London Critics Circle Film Awards: Winner, Newcomer of the Year (Annette Bening)
- Political Film Society: Winner, Best Exposé
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First writing-directing effort by Irwin Winkler squarely lays out the professional, ethical and moral dilemmas engendered by the insidious political pressures brought to bear on filmmakers in the early 1950s. Robert De Niro is excellent as a top director brought down by reactionary paranoia.
A stirring and tragic evocation of terrible times.
GUILTY by SUSPICION teaches us a lesson we are always in danger of forgetting: that the greatest service we can do for our country is to be true to our conscience.
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