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Trumbo movie quotes tell the true story of Dalton Trumbo, one of Hollywood Ten, a group of filmmakers who were blacklisted in the 1940s for connections to Communism. The biographical drama was adapted into a screenplay by John McNamara from a book by Bruce Alexander Cook. Jay Roach directed Trumbo, which opened in theaters on November 6, 2015.

In Trumbo, successful screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's (Bryan Cranston) life is turned upside down after his name was (accurately) published as one of several among Hollywood's elite who supports the Communist Party in the 1940s. This leads to Congressional subpoenas, hearings in front of the House and, eventually, Trumbo's conviction and prison sentences for contempt for refusing to answer these questions.

After he leaves prison, Trumbo is blacklisted in Hollywood and cannot work, at least under his name. But with a little convincing of small-time film studio head Frank King (John Goodman), a pseudonym and the support of others in the business (Louis C.K. and Alan Tudyk, among others), Trumbo goes on to write some of the best films in film history and change history in the process.

Costarring Diane Lane, Elle Fanning and Helen Mirren, Trumbo opened alongside other great films including Spotlight, The Peanuts Movie, Spectre, and Our Brand is Crisis.

We Work

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Dalton Trumbo: What we're about to do is the one thing everyone says we can't. We work.
Dalton Trumbo: The blacklist is still alive and well, and so is the black market.

Trumbo knew that the fact that his name was blacklisted meant that he could no longer serve in his profession, as a brilliant screenwriter, at least under the name on said blacklist. Perhaps if he had a pseudonym, however...
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Have You Ever Been a Member of the Communist Party?

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J. Parnell Thomas: Mr. Trumbo, are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?
Dalton Trumbo: Am I accused of a crime?

When subpoenaed to appear before Congress, Dalton Trumbo is asked to answer if he's connected with the Communist Party. He declines to give them the answers they want and is sent to prison for contempt of Congress as a result.
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Fire Dalton Trumbo

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Roy Brewer: We know, okay? It's a small town. The gossip's always true. Fire Dalton Trumbo or you've got pickets, boycotts and headlines. We will put you right out of business.
Frank King: We?
Roy Brewer: The Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, me and Ronald Reagan, Hetta Hopper, guilds, studio heads, John Wayne
Frank King: I love John Wayne.
Roy Brewer: Well, I'll introduce you. You guys could do a movie together.
Frank King: Aww, gee, that would be swell except, I don't think you and me are going to be pals. You want to keep me from hiring union? I'll go downtown and hire a bunch of winos and hookers. It doesn't matter. I make garbage!

After hearing that Frank King has hired blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, Roy Brewer tries to intimidate King to reconsider. King, care of a baseball bat, responds with some intimidation of his own.
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You Don't Want My Name on It

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Frank King: Look, you're a great writer. We make s#!^. I don't see it.
Dalton Trumbo: Mr. King, I'm a screenwriter. If I couldn't write s#!^, I'd starve.
Frank King: Trumbo, we can't afford you.
Dalton Trumbo: Well, how much did you pay for the script of that, Bad Men of Tombstone?
Frank King: $1,200
Dalton Trumbo: All right, I'll write you a movie for $1,200 then.
Frank King: And you don't want your name on it?
Dalton Trumbo: No, you don't want my name on it.
Hymie King: You got that right, especially if you're still up to stuff. Are you?
Dalton Trumbo: Perpetually

When Trumbo approaches Frank King with the idea that he'll write scripts for the low-level film studio, King doesn't understand why. Hymie King, on the other hand, wants to know something else, what unsavory activities Trumbo has been involved with lately.
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