- Acceptable Political Targets: A daring indictment of the Hollywood blacklist, a scant 16 years after it ceased to be respected altogether.
- Director Displacement: Woody Allen stars in the film, but he didn't write or direct.
- He Really Can Act:
- Moment of Awesome: The entire film seems to be building up to Howard's Moment of Awesome.
Howard Prince: Fellas...I don't recognize the right of this committee to ask these kinds of questions. And furthermore, you can all go fuck yourselves.
- Tear Jerker: Hecky Brown jumping to his death. Even more so with the knowledge that this was Mostel's last appearance on the silver screen.