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Focus (I) (2001)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  2 May 2002 (Australia)
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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... See full summary »

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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
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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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Everything Is About To Become Very Clear

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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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Foco  »

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

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$717,820 (USA) (15 March 2002)
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Neal Slavin claimed to have wanted to make this film since college. See more »

Goofs

Just after Mr. Newman has been attacked, one of the frames on his glasses is obviously bent. However, when he enters Mr. Finkelstein's shop just seconds later, his glasses are in perfect shape. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence 'Larry' Newman: Really, Gertrude, I never stop thinking about you. It's like I've been thinking about you for years. That's why you struck me so the first time I saw you.
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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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It's not just about the glasses.
13 July 2006 | by (Heart of America) – See all my reviews

Others' main criticism of this film--namely that Macy suddenly looks Jewish upon donning his glasses--is misplaced. The glasses are just the little bit of change needed to CONVINCE others he's a Jew. The scene in which he says to his boss, (paraphrasing) "but you KNOW what my background is," along with another discussion with his mother, suggests that he's had to fight this same assumption in the past. The glasses now make him look just Jewish enough to "confirm" his neighbors' and co-workers' existing suspicions. Then there is his new wife's large nose and taste for loud clothes, which OF COURSE means she's Jewish. The whole point of the film is how those little stereotypical nothings become the entire basis for judging others.

If he has a lisp, he must be gay. If he has long hair, he smokes dope. If he's Hispanic, he's got a knife...and if he has round black glasses and he's slight of build, he must be Jewish. Those statements all sound equally (im)plausible to me. If the conclusion people were jumping to in Focus was reasonable, the whole point of the story would be lost.


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