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Sidney Lumet directed this film version of E.L. Doctorow's novel The Book of Daniel (scripted by Doctorow) that deals in a thinly veiled (although dispassionate way) with the Rosenberg spy case of the 1950s, as seen through the eyes of their children. The Rosenbergs are the Isaacsons here, and the first image of the film is a close-up of their son Daniel's (Timothy Hutton) eyes as he recites a dictionary definition of the word "electrocution." Daniel becomes a detective as he seeks out friends and relations of his parents -- Paul (Mandy Patinkin) and Rochelle (Lindsay Crouse) -- to discover some meaning from his parents' conviction as Russian spies and their execution in the electric chair during the communist paranoia of the 1950s. Daniel is prompted to investigate the past by the near-suicide of his hysterical sister Susan (Amanda Plummer). The film weaves back and forth in time, recalling the period from the 1930s to the 1950s. In a strangely uninvolving way, Lumet's film takes no point of view, the only emotion derived from the almost continuous sounds of Paul Robeson's singing on the soundtrack.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2015
UPC: 0887090106306
Original Release: 1983
Rating: R
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 38,475

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Timothy Hutton Daniel
Mandy Patinkin Paul
Lindsay Crouse Rochelle
Ed Asner Jacob Ascher
Ellen Barkin Phyllis Isaacson
Julie Bovasso Frieda Stein
Tovah Feldshuh Linda Mindish
Joseph Leon Selig Mindish
Carmen Mathews Fanny Ascher
Norman Parker Mr. Gulgiemi
Amanda Plummer Susan Isaacson
Lee Richardson Jack Fein
John Rubinstein Robert Lewin
Maria Tucci Lise Lewin
George Axler Actor
Leo Burmeister Actor
Burton Collins Actor
Joe Dabenigno Actor
Peter Friedman Actor
Martha Greenhouse Actor
Burtt Harris Actor
Joe Kopmar Actor
Will Lee Actor
David Margulies Actor
Ilan Mitchell-Smith Actor
Colin Stinton Dale
Rita Zohar Actor

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director,Executive Producer
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
E.L. Doctorow Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Peter C. Frank Editor
Burtt Harris Producer
John Heyman Producer
Bob James Score Composer
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Daniel
1. Chapter 1 [11:49]
2. Chapter 2 [17:07]
3. Chapter 3 [15:10]
4. Chapter 4 [16:54]
5. Chapter 5 [4:05]
6. Chapter 6 [19:18]
7. Chapter 7 [14:38]
8. Chapter 8 [19:35]
9. Chapter 9 [11:10]

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