|FELLOW TRAVELLER (SCREEN TWO TV SERIES) (director: Philip Saville; screenwriter: Michael Eaton; cinematographer: John Kenway; editor: Greg Miller; music: Colin Towns; cast: Ron Silver (Asa Kaufman), Hart Bochner (Clifford Byrne), Imogen Stubbs (Sarah Atchison), Katherine Borowitz (Joan Kaufman), Daniel J. Travanti (Jerry Leavy), Richard Wilson (Sir Hugo Armstrong); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producer: Michael Wearing; Prism Entertainment (BFI/BBC/HBO); 1991-UK/USA)|
|"A savvy British
by Dennis Schwartz
A savvy British
political drama directed by Philip Saville
("Metroland"/"Fruit Machine"/"Secrets") and
written by Michael Eaton for a TV series filmed in
England, that covers the 1950s purge in America of
commies by the extreme right-wing. It's the story of a
blacklisted Hollywood screen-writer, Asa
Kaufman (Ron Silver), who during the
McCarthy-era goes into a self-imposed exile in
Britain to find work rather than remain in America
and face a HUAC subpoena.
opens in Hollywood, in 1954, where matinee idol film
star Clifford Byrne (Hart Bochner) shoots
himself by his luxury swimming pool. Meanwhile his
anguished blacklisted pal Asa Kaufman has run away
from America to seek work in London. Through
flashbacks we trace the relationship of the two best
friends. Asa takes a new name and gets work on the new
TV series called The Adventures of Robin Hood. He also
seeks out Cliff's Brit girlfriend Sarah (Imogen
Stubbs) and has a brief fling with her.
the cynic, who tries to survive in a foreign
simplistic in its black and white attitudes of the
day, it does a fine job recreating the mood and
paranoia of those dark days for libertarians and
paints a realistic picture involving the inner
workings of independent TV in the UK.
REVIEWED ON 6/22/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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