The Front

Synopsis: In the early 1950s Howard Prince, who works in a restaurant, helps out a black-listed writer friend by selling a TV station a script under his own name. The money is useful in paying off gambling debts, so he takes on three more such clients. Howard is politically pretty innocent, but involvement with Florence - who quits TV in disgust over things - and friendship with the show's ex-star - now himself blacklisted - make him start to think about what is really going on.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Martin Ritt
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Rotten Tomatoes:
75%
PG
Year:
1976
95 min
78 Views


on your scripts.

It's not that simple.

I write the scripts.

I send them in under your name.

They buy the scripts, right?

It's perfect.

Then they're going to want

to meet the writer.

So? So you're going to

have to go in there,

really be the writer.

So I'll be the writer.

What's the big deal?

I can do it,

and I want to do it.

I'm your friend.

You're in trouble.

What's a friend for?

Well, these days,

you can get in trouble

being friends.

Life is risk.

I'm going to pay you

for this, Howard.

What do you mean, "pay"?

What is that,

a friend takes money?

10% from each script,

and no arguments.

You can use the money.

You're always in hock,

and I'd be paying that much

to an agent anyway.

Ten percent?

Off the top.

Well, how much

do you get for a script?

Um, $750, $1000.

It depends on the show.

Go home and write.

Your troubles are over.

What are you pulling here?

Huh? You owe me for

three winners already.

What am I?

Some kind of charity?

Don't get excited.

Your money's coming.

You book bets, you lose,

you pay off.

What? You don't trust me?

You know-

Hey, don't get me mad

on you, you hear, Howard?

We've been doing business

a long time,

so don't get me mad on you.

I don't understand you.

What do you do with your salary?

Flush it down the toilet?

No, I had a tip on a stock.

It looked good, so I plunged.

To who do you come to stocks?

Why don't you ask me?

I'm familiar with the market.

Ask me before

you flush your salary

down the toilet.

All right, next time,

I'll ask you.

Howard, Howard...

what's it going to be with you?

Mama and Papa would turn

in their graves.

I haven't found myself yet,

you know, but it's all going

to change, Myer.

You were always the smart one.

Did I get the lessons?

You could've gone to college.

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Walter Bernstein

Walter Bernstein (born August 20, 1919) is an American screenwriter and film producer who was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studios in the 1950s. more…

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