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Pollock (2000)

A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock.

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Molly Regan ...
Arloie Pollock
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Stella Pollock
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Arloie's Baby (as Eulala Grace Harden)
Matthew Sussman ...
Reuben Kadish
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Howard Putzel
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Everett Quinton ...
James Johnson Sweeney
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May Rosenberg
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Harold Rosenberg
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Kenny Scharf ...
William Baziotes
Tom McGuinness ...
Franz Kline
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At the end of the 1940's, abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is featured in Life magazine. Flashback to 1941, he's living with his brother in a tiny apartment in New York City, drinking too much, and exhibiting an occasional painting in group shows. That's when he meets artist Lee Krasner, who puts her career on hold to be his companion, lover, champion, wife, and, in essence, caretaker. To get him away from booze, insecurity, and the stress of city life, they move to the Hamptons where nature and sobriety help Pollock achieve a breakthrough in style: a critic praises, then Life magazine calls. But so do old demons: the end is nasty, brutish, and short. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A True Portrait of Life and Art.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 March 2001 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,244, 17 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,596,914, 22 July 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,558,970, 31 December 2001
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The veterinarian who comes out to check the dog that Pollock finds lying hurt in the road is played by Ed Harris' father, Bob L. Harris, who initially gave Harris the idea to make a movie about Pollock. See more »

Goofs

When Jackson was moving into their fix'er up cottage in the Hamptons, the couple were out doors in the yard. Time of year was late fall with trees in the background having no leaves. At this time of year, the song of a bird (Woodthrush) would not be heard, since a Woodthrush sings during spring and summer months for territorial reasons. Though this bird may still be present in the wooded area around the Hamptons, it would not be singing as such. See more »

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[first lines]
Jackson Pollock: [drunk] Who's the greatest drummer in the world?
Sande Pollock: What?
Jackson Pollock: Crupa.
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References Works of Calder (1950) See more »

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The Mighty Blues
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Performed by The Port of Harlem Jazzmen
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
By Arrangement with EMI Capitol Music Special Markets
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Great Artist, Lousy Person
13 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Jackson Pollock was not a likable person. He was an alcoholic, an adulterer, an egotist and simply a plain jerk. He also was a pioneer in the field of modern art, so he became famous and hence, even had this movie about his life.

Ed Harris, a jerk himself, was a good choice for the role. Harris, who looks like Pollock, did a fine job of portraying this "tormented" soul, a word critics love to use for famous artists (see Van Gogh).

This was an interesting film and I watched it twice. It inspired me to become an artist and I did a handful of Pollock imitations, several of which sold for a decent price. I love Pollock's work, and I enjoy character studies of people on film . But this gets a little sordid as the film goes on with a definitely-unhappy ending.

Hat's off to Marcia Gay Harden for her performance as Pollock's wife. She has the New York City accent down pat. She is shown worshiping her husband and it's painful to see her get hurt.

The story is a bit soap operish but if you enjoy art, and especially Pollock's work, you'll find this story fascinating. More than one look, however, changes the canvas, so to speak. The story, more than the art, then will come through more and that can be too much of a downer. So, visit this "art show" once and leave it at that.


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