Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) is a writer whose talent places him among the elite of Hollywood. However, open support for organized labor and membership in the Communist Party USA scorn anti-Soviet figures in the entertainment industry as well as columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and actor John Wayne (David James Elliott). Trumbo is one of 10 writers summoned to testify before the US Congress about alleged Communist propaganda in Hollywood movies.
They refused to directly answer questions, confident that the majority of the Supreme Court will overturn liberal convictions for contempt of Congress. Unexpected Replacing a liberal Supreme Court in condemning each of them to prison. As the Hollywood blacklist extends Trumbo and his fellow Democrats are abandoned by actor Edward G. Robinson (Michael Stuhlbarg) and producer Buddy Ross (Roger Bart), who disapproves to protect their careers.
Trumbo’s period ends in prison, but he remains on the blacklist and financial situation – and family life – are becoming increasingly strained. He gives his screenplay for “Roman Holiday” to his friend in January McLellan Hunter (Alan Tudyk), debt and some of the money … and ultimately an Oscar for best screenplay. He sells house idyllic lakeside moves into a house in the city and works as a writer under the pseudonym and with little pay to King Brothers Productions, susţininând and scriptwriting for films category B for fellow blacklisted screenwriter. He put his wife, Cleo (Diane Lane) and her teenage children to work as assistants, adding astfe a domestic conflict. The film produced by King Brothers, The Brave One, an original story written by Trumbo pseudonymous receives Academy Award that he can not assume it. His friend blacklisted Arlen Hird (Louis CK) dies, removed, and an attempt to intimidate allies Hopper head of the King Brothers to fail completely dismiss Trumbo.
While, nurseries suspicion industial members Trumbo’s writing about, but he is careful not to confirm. In 1960, actor Kirk Douglas (Dean O’Gorman) recruits him to write the script for his film epic “Spartacus” and the director Otto Preminger (Christian Berkel) recruits him to write the script of the movie “Exodus”; Trumbo publicly recognize both as a writer, despite efforts Hopper’s unnecessary to intimidate Douglas to give up Trumbo.
By 1960, Hopper’s chagrin, efficiency blacklist falls apart to the point where US President John F. Kennedy newly elected public support film “Spartacus” and Trumbo and others can rebuild his career. Ten years later, they finally got the deserved awards of the film city, Trumbo reveals how blacklist has victimized all: those who defended the principles and lost their jobs, and those who and- compromised principles to save their careers.