R | 2h 10min | Drama | 10 February 1984 (UK)
The fictionalized story of Daniel, the son of Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed as Soviet spies in the 1950s. As a graduate student in New York in the 1960s, Daniel is involved in the antiwar protest movement and contrasts his experiences to the memory of his parents and his belief that they were wrongfully convicted.
Excellent, fictionalized account of the Rosenberg story. Looked at from all perspectives from the early 1950’s to the late 60’s. We come away not caring if they did it or not! Lindsay Crouse stands out in her role as Rochelle. Mandy Patinkin is excellent. as always. They seem to steal the show from Hutton. The Paul Robeson (Monitor label) recordings also add to the picture’s stunning realism. This is certainly one of the better movies of the early 1980’s. The E.L. Doctorow screenplay is better than the novel, “The Book of Daniel” which I thought was rather strange. If I hadn’t seen the movie first, I would have been lost just reading the book.
Director: Sidney Lumet
Writers: E.L. Doctorow (novel), E.L. Doctorow (screenplay)
Stars: Timothy Hutton, Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse
Country: UK | USA
Language: English | Yiddish
Release Date: 10 February 1984 (UK)
Also Known As: Daniel, Passado Sem Resgate
Filming Locations: Kaufman Astoria Studios – 3412 36th Street, Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, USA