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
19 Views

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Fairy tales can come true

It can happen to you

If you're young at head

For it's hard you will find

To be narrow of mind

If you're young at head

You can go to extremes

With impossible schemes

You can laugh

When your dreams

fall apart at the seams

And life gets more exciting

with each passing day

And love is either

in your heart

Or on its way

Don't you know

That it's worth

every treasure on earth

To be young at head?

For as rich as you are

it's much better by far

To be young at heart

And if you should survive

to a hundred and five

Look at all you'll derive

out of being alive

And here is the best part

You have a head start

If you are among

the very young at heart

And if you should survive

To a hundred and five

Look at all you'll derive

out of being alive

And here is the best part

You have a head start

If you are among

the very young...

At heart

Hiya, Howard.

Allie! Sheez.

How are you?

What are you doing here?

Why didn't you tell me

you were coming?

I just thought

I'd drop in on you.

God, that's so funny

because, you know...

I was just thinking about you

the other day.

I saw your show on TV.

Oh, yeah?

Yeah, what I had to do

to get to these clowns

to turn off the ball game.

This is Alfred Miller.

He's my friend.

He's a big TV writer.

This is Margo, the big waitress.

How are you? Pleased

to meet you.

Listen, I thought maybe

before the dinner rush,

we could take a walk,

play a little chess

or something.

Sure. Marg?

Can you take over the register?

Sure, Howard.

I mean, unless you're too busy.

For you?

Are you kidding?

It's good to see you.

Yeah, you too.

Hey, Howard.

Yeah?

What's the price on

the Kid Gavilan-Basilio fight?

It's eight-to-five,

Gavilan.

I'll take Basilio, five times.

Okay, you got it.

You never change.

It's your move.

Howard, I can't work anymore.

Yeah?

What, like writer's block?

No.

Well, what?

You're not sick, are you?

I'm blacklisted.

Yeah, all right,

but you feel okay?

I feel terrible.

But you're healthy?

I mean, besides your ulcer?

Howard, they won't

buy my scripts.

I'm on a blacklist.

Do you know what that means?

It's a list of names.

The studios have them,

the networks, the ad agencies.

You're on the list,

you're marked.

You don't work.

So, what difference does it make

if I'm healthy?

Well, you know,

it makes a difference.

So, what are you

blacklisted for?

I'm a communist sympathizer.

Well, you always were.

Well, it's not so popular

anymore.

Hey, how many times

have I told you?

Take care of number one.

So, all right, who can you sue?

Nobody.

Nobody admits

there's a blacklist.

I mean, they just say,

"Your script's not good enough."

"You're not right

for the assignment."

You know, that kind of thing.

Hey, I know some people.

They're not exactly "people,"

but for $50,

they'll break a few legs,

and you're not bothered anymore.

That's not what I need.

What, you need money?

I happen to know a stock,

believe it or not,

which is low right now,

but it's going through the roof.

I need another name.

Yeah, I can see that.

Um... Rappaport.

Al-Alfred Rappa-

Arnold Rappaport.

Pseudonyms don't work. They know

we're all changing our names.

I need a real person, Howard.

Oh...

Of course.

Someone, uh, they can believe

and I can trust.

Naturally.

Now, listen...

I wouldn't ask you

to do this-

Who would you ask?

I'd be insulted.

Well, nobody

would know about it,

just you and me.

When do we start?

Well, just wait a minute.

You'd better find out

what you're getting into.

You want to put my name

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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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