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This drama was adapted from E. L. Doctorow's novel, The Book of Daniel, and is loosely based on the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, charged and convicted of giving secret information about nuclear weapons to the Russians and executed via electrocution for their treason in 1953. This film, which renames the Rosenbergs the Isaacsons, focuses on the traumatic effect that their trial and subsequent execution had on the couple's children. Although in real life the Rosenbergs had two sons, Daniel focuses on the aftermath experienced by the couple's son Daniel and his sister Susan.

The action in Daniel flashes back and forth between the past and the present after the orphans are adopted by a foster family. Susan has grown into a scared and angry adult with suicidal tendencies. Her brother, Daniel, seems to display a mean streak when dealing with his wife and his own children. It is left up to Daniel to try to make sense of what happened to his original family unit and he goes in search of the individuals who will try to help him make sense of what brought his parents to ruin.

| 1983 | 2 hr 10 min | 6.7/10
Timothy Hutton, Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Asner
Sidney Lumet
Produced By
Burtt Harris

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