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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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William H. Macy ... Lawrence 'Larry' Newman

Laura Dern ... Gertrude 'Gert' Hart

David Paymer ... Mr. Finkelstein

Meat Loaf ... Fred (as Meat Loaf Aday)
Kay Hawtrey ... Mrs. Newman
Michael Copeman ... Carlson

Kenneth Welsh ... Father Crighton

Joseph Ziegler ... Mr. Gargan
Arlene Meadows ... Mrs. Dewitt

Peter Oldring ... Willy Doyle
Robert McCarrol ... Meeting Hall Man (as Robert Mccarrol)
Shaun Austin-Olsen ... Sullivan

Kevin Jubinville ... Mr. Cole Stevens
B.J. McQueen ... Mel
Conrad Bergschneider ... Tough's Leader

Brad Austin ... First Tough
David Blacker ... Petey
Beatriz Pizano ... Rape Victim (as Betariz Pizano)
Rick Braggins ... Mr. Lorring
Rodger Barton ... Sergeant
Andrew Massingham ... Policeman
Bryon Bully ... Billy
Anita Burkhart ... Speaking Woman on Subway
Olivia Slavin ... Mrs. Dewitt's Granddaughter

Wendy Lyon ... Elsie
Angela Fusco ... Second Woman on Subway
Barbara Barnes-Hopkins ... Maid

Stefan Brogren ... Bodyguard (as Stephan Brogren)
Paulette Sinclair ... M.P. Receptionist
Pat Patterson ... Green Grocer
Julia Paton ... Waitress
Leo Petrus ... Truck Driver
Durward Allen ... Photographer
Peter Evans ... Man in Theater

Tedde Moore ... Woman #1 in Theater
Anna Louise Richardson ... Woman #2 in Theater (as Anna-Louise Richardson)
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Directed by
Neal Slavin 
Writing credits
Arthur Miller (novel)

Kendrew Lascelles (screenplay)

Produced by
Thomas D. Adelman .... co-producer
Thomas D. Adelman .... line producer
Michael Bloomberg .... producer (as Michael R. Bloomberg)
Martin Geller .... executive producer
Kip Konwiser .... co-producer
Robert A. Miller .... producer
Neil O'Connor .... executive producer
Jamie Rizzo .... executive producer
Sherri Saito .... line producer: Canada
Anita Slavin .... executive producer
Neal Slavin .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Adler 
Cinematography by
Juan Ruiz Anchía (director of photography) (as Juan Ruiz-Anchia)
Film Editing by
Tariq Anwar 
David B. Cohn 
Casting by
Felicia Fasano 
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Vlasta Svoboda 
Art Direction by
Edward Bonutto 
Set Decoration by
Michelle Convey 
Costume Design by
Vicki Graef 
Makeup Department
James D. Brown .... chief hair stylist
Linda Dowds .... key makeup artist
Traci Loader .... assistant makeup artist
Linda Melazzo .... makeup artist: Ms. Dern (as Linda V. Melazzo)
Rita Pacitto .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Sherri Saito .... production manager
Natalie Samanon .... post-production supervisor (as Nathalie Samanon)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Campbell .... second assistant director
Jennifer Côté .... trainee assistant director
Felix Gray .... first assistant director
Patrick Murphy .... third assistant director
Art Department
Lloyd Brown .... set decoration buyer
Malcolm Byard .... lead man
Romuald Bylinski .... carpenter (as Romek Bylinski)
Mel Carleton .... carpenter
Marlene Chapelle .... carpenter
Jai Chong .... assistant key scenic artist
Attilio Cimini .... carpenter
Ken Clark .... greensman
Richard Dickenson .... on-set carpenter
Lowell Doyle .... carpenter
Noel Doyle .... scenic
Ted Dudas .... scenic
Gord Elliston .... head carpenter
Steven Elliston .... construction coordinator (as Steve Elliston)
Peter Fletcher .... property master
Pat Flood .... first assistant art director
Darrell Gasparini .... assistant property master
Brad Greaves .... second assistant art director (as Bradley Greaves)
Fred Haywood .... carpenter
Darryl Hoskins .... scenic
Jeff Laidlaw .... carpenter
Brian Legault .... assistant head painter
Roy MacDonald .... on-set painter
Tony Mainelli .... carpenter
O'Tucky McLean .... scenic
Avelino Miguez .... carpenter
John Moran .... graphics
Rick Moran .... on-set dresser
Annie Morin .... scenic
Victor Muscat .... scenic
Dan O'Neill .... scenic
Brian Patrick .... set dresser
Raymond Pryce .... head painter
Henry Ranger .... key scenic artist
Robin Renter .... scenic
John Todd .... assistant head carpenter
Jeff Travaglini .... carpenter
Arianna Van Durron .... scenic
Rum Zanjani .... carpenter
Mike Zingrove .... carpenter
David G. Fremlin .... set designer (uncredited)
Adam Weir .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Eric Behrend .... sound re-recording mixer
David Bell .... cable puller
Greg Chapman .... sound recordist
David B. Cohn .... supervising sound editor (as David B. Cohen)
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer (as Dean Dravin)
Ben Georgiades .... assistant sound engineer
Jonathan Golodner .... sound editor
Vincent Guisetti .... foley walker (as Vince Guisetti)
Howard London .... adr mixer
Peggy McAffee .... sound editor
Amy Morrison .... dialogue editor
Bryan Pennington .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Ken Porter .... boom operator
Elizabeth Rainey .... foley walker
Neale Ricotti .... second assistant engineer
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Steven M. Sax .... sound editor (as Steve Sax)
David Spence .... dialogue editor
Jon Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Tuchrello .... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lisa Pacitto .... special effects coordinator: Laird McMurray Services
Skyler Wilson .... special effects key (as Skylar Wilson)
Ray Comiso .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ray McMillan .... front projection (uncredited)
Laird McMurray .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
Jeff Skochko .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Reid Burns .... visual effects producer: The Image Resolution Inc.
Reid Burns .... visual effects supervisor: The Image Resolution Inc.
Greg Dewey .... optical department mattes: The Image Resolution Inc.
Michael Ferriter .... digital compositing artist: The Image Resolution Inc. (as Mike Ferriter)
Patrick Flanagan .... digital compositing artist: The Image Resolution Inc.
David McCue .... optical effects supervisor: The Image Resolution Inc. (as Dave McCue)
Beth Parker .... digital lineup: The Image Resolution Inc.
Beth Parker .... optical lineup: The Image Resolution Inc.
Kevin Shawley .... digital compositing artist: The Image Resolution Inc.
Randall Weatherington .... animation camera: The Image Resolution Inc.
Wayne Brown .... stunts
Curtis Hibbert .... stunts
Brian Jagersky .... stunt coordinator
Chris Lamon .... stunts
Duncan McLeod .... stunts
Billy Oliver .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunt double: Newman
Matthew Vanhart .... stunt double: Finkelstein (as Matthew Van Hart)
Steve Vignola .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffrey Michael Adams .... grip (as Jeff Adams)
Keith Adams .... grip
Sean Bourdeau .... best boy grip
Morgan Carpenter .... electrician
Robert Cochrane .... dolly grip
Kevin Craine .... generator operator
Alex Dawes .... rigging gaffer
Sean Dawes .... electrician
Aidan Dunstan .... camera trainee
Richard Emerson .... key grip (as Rico Emerson)
Sophie Giraud .... still photographer
Vince Gordon .... electrician
Robert Herring .... key rigging grip
Sacha Hindle .... video playback operator
Reni Hoz .... first assistant camera
Martin Lake .... grip
Scott MacKinnon .... best boy electric
Russ Martin .... still photographer
Kevin Murphy .... gaffer
Kirsta Teague .... second assistant camera
Steve Van Denzen .... grip
Mark Willis .... camera operator
Casting Department
Luisa Cabbidu .... extras casting (as Luisa Cabidu)
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting
Jocelyn Legault .... casting associate: Toronto
Freddy Luis .... casting assistant: Los Angeles (as Freddie Luis)
Clare Walker .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Henshaw .... assistant costume designer
Laurie Munday .... key set costumer
Mia Sturup .... costume supervisor
Gisella Zomparelli .... costume truck supervisor
Editorial Department
Diane Brunjes Robb .... post-production trainee: Toronto (as Diane Brunjes)
Steve Corcoran .... second assistant editor: Toronto
Maura Forziati .... post-production assistant
Adam Geiger .... second assistant editor: Los Angeles
April Lewis .... negative cutter: US Computamatch
Malcolm Pearcey .... cutter
Saska Simpson .... first assistant editor
Marilyn Sommer .... negative cutter: US Computamatch
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Mark Adler .... score orchestrator
Joanie Diener .... music editor
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Gerry Gershman .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Jennie Muskett .... scoring coordinator: London
Tony Stanton .... music preparation
Transportation Department
Barry Barber .... driver: set decoration
John Bignell .... az driver
Mike Billard .... head driver
Ron Coles .... driver captain
Dennis Dolcetti .... driver
Ron Hilts .... driver (as Ron Hiltz)
Brian Lytle .... driver: Mr. Macy
Joe Morris .... driver
Reg Renolds .... driver: honeywagon
Jean Ritchie .... driver
Alan Shoub .... driver
Robert Smith .... transportation coordinator
Joe Vechiola .... driver: Ms. Dern (as Joe Vecciola)
Other crew
Kevin Alakas .... office production assistant
Susan Araki .... representative: DGC
Susan Bassett .... assistant production accountant
Debra Beers .... location manager
McMillan Binch .... legal: Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
Heenan Blaikie .... legal: Alexander, Nau, Lawrence & Frumes LLP
Michael Bloomberg .... presenter (as Michael R. Bloomberg)
Blake Busby .... graphics: titles, The Image Resolution Inc.
Ian Campbell .... stand-in: Mr. Macy
Anthony Carovillano .... on-set craft (as Anthony Carvalino)
Rory Cheyne .... clearance research
Jonathan Dana .... producer's representative
Patti Davidson .... stand-in: Ms. Dern
Trisha DeLuca .... assistant: Mr. Slavin
Suzanne Dentay .... associate publicist
James Fraser .... clearance research
Bobbie Gardner .... on-set nurse coordinator
Sabine Graham .... production coordinator (as Sabine Bernhard)
Darron Leiren-Young .... production assistant
Jayme Lemons .... assistant: Ms. Dern
Ken Leslie-Smith .... representative: IATSE 411
Kristian Loosberg .... location production assistant
Chris Martin .... assistant location manager
Susan Moffatt .... production steward: ACTRA
Peter Muldoon .... production accountant
Marie A. Nazar .... publicist (as Marie Nazar)
Rick Perotto .... representative: IATSE
Basil Person .... assistant production coordinator
George Pimentel .... interpreter
Daniela Saioni .... script supervisor
Erik Sudmals .... second assistant production accountant
Shawn Tanaka .... assistant: Mr. Macy
Mimi Wolch .... representative: IATSE
Tara Ziemba .... on-set craft
Lee Adasko .... thanks
Wayne Alexander .... thanks (as L. Wayne Alexander)
Rhonda Baron .... thanks
Seth Berg .... thanks
Susan Bloomberg .... thanks
Christina Buchli .... thanks
George Buck .... thanks
Freida Oline Burkhart .... in loving memory of
Scott Cain .... thanks
Wayne Carmona .... thanks
Jill Anne Castle .... thanks
Chris Dalton .... thanks
Dick Descherer .... thanks
Ken Dhaliwal .... thanks
Sally Dundas .... thanks
Ken Ferguson .... thanks
Jill Franklin .... thanks
Susan Garson .... thanks
Robert Goldfarb .... thanks
Dan Grossman .... thanks
Mark Halloran .... thanks
Mary Ann Haney .... thanks
Ken Hauptman .... thanks
Michael Hausman .... our deepest appreciation
Kenneth Higney .... thanks
Mack Hill .... thanks
Jennifer Jesperson .... thanks
Cris Judd .... thanks
Bob Knight .... thanks
Carol Leslie .... thanks
Tom Lopinski .... thanks
Erica Loutsch .... thanks
Hope T. Mastras .... thanks
Gary Miller .... thanks
Jonathan Miller .... additional thanks
Nicky Morrow .... thanks (as Nick Morrow)
Marty Olinick .... thanks
Roger Playter .... thanks
Marisa Porter .... thanks
Sandra Richmond .... thanks
Diane Rizzo .... thanks
Tom Rowland .... thanks
Alan Schwartz .... thanks
Zel Schwartzman .... thanks
Ellen Urell .... thanks
Barbara Von Schieber .... thanks
Alex Wengert .... thanks
David Wolf .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence and some sexual content
106 min
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Did You Know?

Trailers for the film erroneously credit Meat Loaf and 'Michael Lee Aday.'See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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.See more »
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Referenced in Shanghai Kiss (2007)See more »
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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Brings clarity to a fuzzy subject, 12 November 2001
Author: Shiva-11 from Vancouver, BC

First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.

Attributed to Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

When faced with intolerance or injustice, the easiest thing to do is nothing - speak up and you risk becoming an object of scorn. But when does enough become too much? Global anti-Semitic sentiments allowed Hitler's genocidal policies to thrive, and equal doses of fear-mongering and ignorance made it possible for the anti-Communist purges of McCarthyism to destroy thousands of peoples' lives. Inaction makes one no less culpable.

Lawrence Newman is a chameleon of a man: quiet and nondescript he blends seamlessly with his surroundings. Lawrence doesn't like to get involved - when he witnesses an attack on a young woman, he tells no one and goes about his business. His world spirals into chaos when he buys a pair of glasses, and is mistaken for one of "them." Lawrence's view of the world and its view of him is forever altered.

While the subject matter of this film is not new, its presentation is definitely unique. It is much easier to understand the irrational nature of prejudice, when placed within a certain context - Lawrence is more concerned with the assumptions that he is Jewish, than he is with the views of his attackers. He believes that if he corrects this "oversight" that everything will be all right, not realizing that logic and prejudice never go hand in hand.

Whether playing a schemer (the only thing I liked about "Fargo") or a down home nice guy sheriff, William H. Macy's roles are linked by a common thread -his characters share a subtle, deliberate countenance that gives them substance. Macy nails Lawrence down to the smallest detail, and says more with a furtive glance or tremble in his voice than a page of dialogue. By showing, rather than telling, Lawrence is able to share his fear and bewilderment with the viewer. The supporting cast brings the story together.

Laura Dern is compelling as Gerty, Lawrence's bombshell wife with a past. Trailer park rough, yet other worldly wise, she has also felt the wrath of prejudice as the result of "a mistake" and unwittingly exacerbates Lawrence's situation. Michael Lee Aday (aka "Meatloaf") is frightening as Fred, the prototypical redneck next door, equal parts ignorance and venom, rallying neighbours to his virulent cause. In the midst of the chaos is Finklestein (David Paymer), the focus of the aggression, and the voice of reason that raises the important questions. Paymer's even handed portrayal keeps Finklestein from becoming a stereotype or someone whose sole purpose is to engender sympathy, making his one of the strongest performances in the film.

The tight editing and close-cropped cinematography make for a clean picture with few distractions, and mixes an air of claustrophobia in with the small town USA feel - it is simultaneously comforting and disturbing. The deliberate use of harsh two-tone lighting to accentuate the malevolent aspects of the piece and the carefully scored soundtrack, are powerful without being overwhelming. Finally, the set and costume designs recreate the feel of the era, an essential component in the film's message.

"Focus'" unconventional approach in dealing with prejudice is reason enough to recommend this film. Just consider the excellent story, solid acting and look of the film as added bonuses.

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