March 19, 2005
In the early 1950s a rising Hollywood screen writer, played by Jim Carey, is implicated as a Communist.
In the aftermath he suffers a blow that results in amnesia (yes, they still use that as a plot device) and is washed up on the shore of a small town and mistaken for a son the town thought was lost in World War II. Much nostalgia and dramatic weeping ensues. Fast-forward to the end (spoiler coming) and you find the screen writer dragged before a Congressional Committee to face charges as a Communist. In a bit of revisionist history, the screen writer stands up for the basic American right of free speech and is made a public hero. Makes for a great dramatic story, but it's not even close to reality. It ends up feeling like American propaganda.
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