Focus (I) (2001)

PG-13  |   |  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:
Lawrence Newman
Gertrude Hart
Mr. Finkelstein
Fred (as Meat Loaf Aday)
Kay Hawtrey ...
Mrs. Newman
Father Crighton
Mr. Gargan
Arlene Meadows ...
Mrs. Dewitt
Willy Doyle
Robert McCarrol ...
Meeting Hall Man (as Robert Mccarrol)
Shaun Austin-Olsen ...
Mr. Cole Stevens
B.J. McQueen ...
Conrad Bergschneider ...
Tough's Leader


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


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

2 May 2002 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Foco  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Finkelstein: They are a gang of devils and they want this country!
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the residents of Campbell Avenue & Wallace Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. See more »


Referenced in Shanghai Kiss (2007) See more »


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Written by Ruth Lowe
Performed by Glenn Miller
Published by Universal-MCA Music Publishing
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Courtesy of the RCA Music Corporation, a Division of BMG Entertainment
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What a difference a pair of eyeglasses make...
1 December 2001 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Most people attending this film will have no idea of the great novel by Arthur Miller that is the basis of it. It's a novel that should be read by more people to see how prejudice affects and alters peoples lives.

At the beginning, Lawrence Newman is an ordinary man. The eyeglasses his boss makes him get change everything he has worked for and his whole world collapses around him, little by little. There couldn't have been an actor better suited to bring this intelligent performance to the screen than William H. Macy. Not only is he a talented stage and screen actor, but he projects honesty behind every character he plays. He is an everyday man caught in his own insecurities. His anxiety intensifies when he takes a stand and walks out of his job. Suddenly, he has to confront the issues he has tried to avoid all his middle class existence in the Brooklyn of the 40s. Is he Jewish, is he not? The cinematography in this brilliant and atmospheric film, directed with sure hand by Neil Slavin, kept reminding me of some Edward Hopper's paintings, especially a sequence at the beginning of the film when Newman steps outside a building and the night shot when he and his wife are being followed with long black shadows behind the couple, menacing and anticipating the confrontation with the bullies. Laura Dern, David Paymer, and especially Meat Loaf, who infuses incredible depth to the bully-next-door, are excellent, but they all pale in comparison with the stellar turn of William H. Macy (H must stand for HONEST..) If you haven't read the book, I would sincerely recommend it because no one has written more truly and convincingly than Arthur Miller has.

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