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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lawrence 'Larry' Newman
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Gertrude 'Gert' Hart
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Mr. Finkelstein
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Fred (as Meat Loaf Aday)
Kay Hawtrey ...
Mrs. Newman
Michael Copeman ...
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 ...
Tough's Leader
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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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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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Trailers for the film erroneously credit Meat Loaf and 'Michael Lee Aday.' See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Finklestein discovers the antisemitic note taped to his store window, it is attached with 3M "invisible/magic" tape developed in the 1970s. During the 1940s, cellophane tape was transparent, not translucent. See more »

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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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Shivers
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Written by Charlie Christian and Lionel Hampton
Performed by The Benny Goodman Sextet featuring Charlie Christian
Published by Regent Music Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Excellent mediocrity
29 March 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Focus" tells of a bland and nonconfrontational man (Macy) who buys a pair of eye glasses which make him look Jewish after which be becomes the object of antisemitic hostility, etc, blaa, blaa. A kind of lame attempt at revealing antisemitism in America during WWII, the film features solid performances by Macy and Dern though no chemistry exists between them...or anywhere else in the film. Generic, staged, and pale in comparison to many better films about hatred in American, "Focus" is marginal entertainment at best and a very meager history lesson. Passable stuff.


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