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Auto Focus (2002)

The life of TV star Bob Crane and his strange friendship with electronics expert John Henry Carpenter.

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In 1965, Bob Crane, who had achieved some earlier success as a television supporting actor, was working as a successful morning radio DJ at KNX Los Angeles. Despite enjoying his work, photography (especially of the female form) and drumming, Crane wanted to be a movie star. So it was with some reluctance that he accepted the title starring role in a new television sitcom called Hogan's Heroes (1965), a WWII POW comedy. To his surprise, the show became a hit and catapulted him to television stardom. The fame resulting from the show led to excesses and a meeting with home video salesman and technician John Carpenter, with who he would form a friendship based on their mutual interests, namely excessive sex (for Crane, purely heterosexual sex) and capturing nude females on celluloid. His fame allowed Crane to have as much sex as he wanted, which was incongruent to his somewhat wholesome television friendly image, and the way he portrayed himself to almost everyone except Carpenter and his... Written by Huggo

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A day without sex is a day wasted.

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language, some drug use and violence | See all certifications »

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1 November 2002 (USA)  »

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Autofocus  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$123,761 (USA) (20 October 2002)

Gross:

$2,062,066 (USA) (26 January 2003)
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Trivia

The LED watch that Carpenter uses to entice women throughout the movie is inspired by an actual watch sold in the back of pornographic magazines in the 1970s-80s. Offered by a company named Leisure Time Products, the watch was gold toned with a black faux-lizard skin band; unlike the watch in the film, it was analogue, and its' face was emblazoned with the phrase "TIME TO FUCK," which would illuminate red every thirty seconds. The watch retailed for the modern equivalent of ~$150. See more »

Goofs

When Crain is being interviewed, the reporter has a Uher 4000 tape recorder on the table. When the reporter starts the interview he only presses one button on the recorder. To record on this model Uher machine, one must press the start and record buttons simultaneously. Also doesn't look like the Power/Speed switch is turned on. See more »

Quotes

Lenny: Sex is not the answer.
Bob Crane: I know that Lenny, it's the question. 'Yes' is the answer.
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References Hogan's Heroes (1965) See more »

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Real Gone Lover
Written by David Bartholomew (as Dave Bartholomew), Ruth Durand and Joseph Robichaux
Performed by The Reverend Horton Heat and Beth Garner
Produced by James C. Heath
Courtesy of Artemis Records
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Great film!
4 November 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Auto Focus is a great film. The only shortcoming is does not give you enough background on Bob Crane's life before his starring role on "Hogan's Heroes". But Greg Kinnear plays him well, and Willem Dafoe as the sleazy opportunist John Carpenter is fantastic as he goes from creepy to desperate and scary. I wouldn't say that this film's for everyone, but it's well done, and there isn't another one like it that I've seen.


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