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Pollock (2000)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Putzel
Tony Smith
Willem DeKooning
Sande Pollock
Charles Pollock
Peggy Guggenheim
Sally Murphy ...
Edith Metzger
Molly Regan ...
Arloie Pollock
Helen Frankenthaler
Matthew Sussman ...
Reuben Kadish


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 <>

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A True Portrait of Life and Art.


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

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Release Date:

23 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pollock, o asymvivastos  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$44,244 (USA) (15 December 2000)


$8,596,914 (USA) (20 July 2001)

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Did You Know?


Starring in and directing the movie was so strenuous for Ed Harris that he collapsed on the set and had to be briefly hospitalized. See more »


When the photographer is making the movie of Pollock he "zooms" in on the shoes. But the old 16 mm camera he is using has a three fixed lens turret. He should not be able to zoom. All his other shots are as expected from fixed lenses of different focal lengths. See more »


[first lines]
Jackson Pollock: [drunk] Who's the greatest drummer in the world?
Sande Pollock: What?
Jackson Pollock: Crupa.
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Referenced in A Beautiful Mind (2001) See more »


Get with the Beat
Written by Billy Nix and Harry Glenn
Performed by Billy Nix
Courtesy of Rykodisc
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Great Artist, Lousy Person
13 November 2005 | by (United States) – 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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