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Focus (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 2002 (Australia)
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
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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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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$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 »

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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 »

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

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Referenced in Shanghai Kiss (2007) See more »

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I'll Never Smile Again
(1939)
Written by Ruth Lowe
Performed by Glenn Miller
Published by Universal-MCA Music Publishing
A Division of Universal Studios, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of the RCA Music Corporation, a Division of BMG Entertainment
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Terrific Performances and a finely tuned story
11 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of Arthur Miller's finest works, Focus, comes to the screen and while there was a lot to like about the movie, some of it seemed like it was almost unreal (though I'm not sure if that's in a good or bad way).

William H. Macy, great as always, plays Lawrence Newman, average Joe and good guy in Brooklyn, NY in the early 1940's who finds he needs a new pair of specs. Unfortunately, his choice of glasses makes him appear to be, well, Jewish, as this seems to his mother from the start. Lawrence tries to ignore the ignorance and bigotry in his neighborhood against the Jewish people, but with a string of events involving his neighbors (Meat Loaf, David Paymer), and a new girlfriend (Laura Dern in one of her best performances) who knows what trouble Lawrence is in, push him into the conflict of his life.

Often, Focus, delivers a poignant, startling and smart story in showing a character with so much at stake it is making him insane. Macy and the rest of the cast are so close to perfect and if only for them make this a must see. Not to dissapoint the fans of Miller's book, I suppose, but if it does then that is just another flaw. B+


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