The Sellout Movie Review Summary

Actors: Walter Pidgeon, John Hodiak, Karl Malden, Audrey Totter

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Based on a story by Matthew Rapf, The Sellout stars Walter Pidgeon as newspaper editor Haven D. Allridge. The movie opens up with Allridge driving on a quiet road where he sees Wilfred Jackson standing waiting for a bus. He backs up, hitting a pole and asks Wilfred if he needs a ride. Jackson gets in and they leave. Within minutes, they get picked up by Sheriff Kelwin C. Burke and get detained because Allridge was driving without a liscense. After spending the night in jail, Wilfred pleas not guilty and gets sent back to jail for thirty days while Allridge pays the fine and leaves. Before he does, Allridge lets Burke and his gang know that he will let the public know the injustices being committed by writing articles in his paper. And Allridge does just that until he gets threatened by Burke and takes of to Detroit. But Allridge's campaign would get picked up by prosecutor Chick Johnson, who would investigate and eventually bring Burke to trial. It all comes to a dramatic climax for Allridge and the prosecution.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Political Plotlets:    -   govt officials abusing power Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Criminal enemy is...    -   law enforcement gone bad

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, grimy (like New York) Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand

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