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Lawrence Newman
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Gertrude Hart
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Mr. Finkelstein
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Fred (as Meat Loaf Aday)
Kay Hawtrey ...
Mrs. Newman
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Carlson
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Father Crighton
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Mr. Gargan
Arlene Meadows ...
Mrs. Dewitt
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Willy Doyle
Robert McCarrol ...
Meeting Hall Man (as Robert Mccarrol)
Shaun Austin-Olsen ...
Sullivan
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Mr. Cole Stevens
B.J. McQueen ...
Mel
Conrad Bergschneider ...
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In the waning months of World War II, a man and his wife are mistakenly identified as Jews by their anti-Semitic Brooklyn neighbors. Suddenly the victims of religious and racial persecution, they find themselves aligned with a local Jewish immigrant in a struggle for dignity and survival. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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2 May 2002 (Australia)  »

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$24,139 (USA) (19 October 2001)

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$717,820 (USA) (15 March 2002)
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Trivia

Trailers for the film erroneously credit Meat Loaf and 'Michael Lee Aday.' See more »

Goofs

About halfway through the movie, Larry and Gert are in an automobile. There is a vinyl "Sport Grip Steering Wheel Cover" laced around the steering wheel of the car. It is noticeable due to its distinctive pattern of perforations and cushioning. This item was not in existence in 1944, the year the movie is set in. See more »

Quotes

Finkelstein: They are a gang of devils and they want this country!
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In Loving Memory of Frieda Oline Burkhart See more »

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Referenced in Shanghai Kiss (2007) See more »

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My First Love
Written by Ruth Lowe and Mack David (as David Mack)
Performed by Jan Garber's Orchestra
Published by Music Sales Corp. / Universal MCA Music Publishing
A Division of Universal Studios, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Circle Records, New Orleans, LA
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Fine film of Arthur Miller novel.
20 June 2003 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

For many, perhaps Arthur Miller is most famous for his 4 1/2 years married to Marilyn Monroe. For me, it is his Death of a Salesman for which I did a lengthy report as a college assignment in the mid-60s. I had never heard of Focus, and it is a movie that few have seen. An interesting premise, well-executed. His WASP-ish everyman character in 1943 (during the war) comes under attack after he gets a pair of new eyeglasses, which apparently makes him "look Jewish." His Americanism is questioned, his garbage is overturned, is forced to quit his job, he gets thrown out of a union rally when he fails to stand up and clap, he and his wife get roughed up by thugs on the street at night. The film is an examination of our tolerance for prejudicial treatment of others, then our own reaction towards such treatment.

The critic Ebert has a fine and complete review. William Macy, David Paymer, Laura Dern, and Meat Loaf Aday are all fine in their roles. A worthwhile 106 minutes of thought-provoking entertainment. The DVD, which was a free loan from my local library, has a sharp picture and good use of DD 5.1 sound. There is a very interesting extra which includes Arthur Miller discussing his book and the movie.


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