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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySidney Lumet
Screenplay byE. L. Doctorow
Based onThe Book of Daniel
by E. L. Doctorow
Produced byBurtt Harris
StarringTimothy Hutton
Mandy Patinkin
Lindsay Crouse
Edward Asner
Peter Friedman
Lee Richardson
Carmen Mathews
Tovah Feldshuh
CinematographyAndrzej Bartkowiak
Edited byPeter C. Frank
Music byBob James
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
26 August 1983
Running time
130 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom / United States
Box office$687,475[1]

Daniel is a 1983 British-American drama film which was adapted by E. L. Doctorow from his 1971 novel The Book of Daniel. It was directed by Sidney Lumet.

Plot introduction

The film was based on the life story of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted as spies and executed by the United States government in 1953 for giving nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. This story follows their fictionalized son as he attempts to find out the truth. They were both executed in the electric chair.


Paul and Rochelle Isaacson (the Rosenbergs) are played by Mandy Patinkin and Lindsay Crouse. Their son Daniel is played by Timothy Hutton, his wife Phyllis by Ellen Barkin, and their (fictional) daughter Susan by Amanda Plummer. In actuality, the Rosenbergs had two sons, Michael and Robert.

Ed Asner and Maria Tucci also appear in the film.


Daniel received mixed reviews and was not a box office success upon its limited release. It currently holds a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.