The Front


(out of 5)

This was one of the first major Hollywood films to deal with the shameful blacklist of the 50s and 60s. After a group of writers have been fired from various studios for having been found to be politically controversial, they approach politically unmotivated cashier Woody Allen and ask him to take credit for their scripts and get them sold for production.  Since he needs the money, Allen readily agrees to do this for them, but the experience raises his awareness of what is really going on with the communist witch hunt and pushes him to take a stand for something. Politically satisfying, it’s also a great comedy with a fantastic lead performance by Allen. The screenplay is top-notch, and the rest of the cast, populated by actual victims of the blacklist (including , terrific as a washed-up actor) lends excellent support.

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USA, 1976

Directed by Martin Ritt

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by Martin Ritt

Music by Dave Grusin

Production Design by Charles Bailey

Costume Design by Ruth Morley

Film Editing by Sidney Levin

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Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen–based on factual material or on story material not previously Published or Produced) (Walter Bernstein)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actor (Zero Mostel)



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