Watch: The Front 1976 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.
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Martin Ritt’s and Walter Bernstein’s excellent and very entertaining revenge film! Woody Allen is a bookie/restaurant cashier who, in order to help out a blacklisted writer-friend, agrees to front for him. Previously oblivious to the horrors of the blacklist, Allen soon realizes that people are not only unable to work, but are literally being destroyed. Director Ritt and screenwriter Bernstein, both victims of the ’50s communist witch-hunt, exact their revenge by creating a character who, for all intent and purposes, is an everyman — one capable of telling the government to go “F” itself! The large cast — some of whom were also blacklisted — is splendid. Herschel Bernardi, Lloyd Gough, Michael Murphy, and, best of a ll, Zero Mostel offer great support and Allen, in a rare acting only role, manages to give what is arguably his best screen performance. He brings his humor — it’s hard to believe some his dialogue, particularly in his scenes with leading lady Andrea Marcovicci — isn’t ad libbed, but also creates his deepest characterization. He’s especially powerful when he attends the funeral of a blacklisted friend.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min)
Director Martin Ritt
Writer Walter Bernstein
Actors Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 1 win & 5 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Metrocolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length 2,600 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm