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Auto Focus -- An autobiography about the legendary Bob Crane aka Colonel Hogan of "Hogan's Heroes".
Auto Focus -- A story about "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane and his friendship with John Carpenter.
Auto Focus -- A story about "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane and his friendship with John Carpenter.


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Writers (WGA):
Robert Graysmith (book)
Michael Gerbosi (written by)
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Release Date:
1 November 2002 (USA) See more »
A day without sex is a day wasted.
A story about "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane and his friendship with John Carpenter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Greg Kinnear ... Bob Crane

Willem Dafoe ... John Carpenter

Rita Wilson ... Anne Crane

Maria Bello ... Patricia Olson / Patrica Crane / Sigrid Valdis

Ron Leibman ... Lenny
Bruce Solomon ... Edward H. Feldman

Michael E. Rodgers ... Richard Dawson (as Michael Rodgers)

Kurt Fuller ... Werner Klemperer

Christopher Neiman ... Robert Clary

Lyle Kanouse ... John Banner

Donnamarie Recco ... Melissa / Mistress Victoria

Ed Begley Jr. ... Mel Rosen

Michael McKean ... Video Executive

Cheryl Lynn Bowers ... Cynthia Lynn

Don McManus ... Priest
Sarah Uhrich ... Victoria Berry
Amanda Niles ... Cocktail Waitress

Kelly Packard ... Dawson's Blond

Jeff Harlan ... Armand

Kevin Kilner ... Clayton Moore

Kevin Beard ... Hogan A.D.

Joe Grifasi ... Strip Club M.C.

Vyto Ruginis ... Nickie D

Nikita Ager ... Julie

Alex Meneses ... Emily

Cassie Townsend ... Elaine
Amber Griebel ... Jill
Hannah Feldner-Shaw ... Judy (as Hannah Felder-Shaw)

Robert David Crane ... Interviewer (as Bob Crane Jr.)

Arden Myrin ... Hippie Girl

Joseph D. Reitman ... Hippie Boy

Kitana Baker ... Schmile Girl

Gibby Brand ... Judge

Katie Lohmann ... Dallas Girl

Roderick McCarthy ... Bartender

Catherine Dent ... Susan

John Kapelos ... Bruno Gerussi

Shawn Reaves ... Bob Crane Jr. at 20
Michael Tachovsky ... Bob Crane Jr. at 12
Bruce Bauer ... Talk Show Host

Marieh Delfino ... Bobby's Girlfriend
Teri Geary ... Dancer - Miss Kitty (as Kitten de Ville)
Jade Ruggiero ... Dancer - Angela
Zen ... Dancer (as Porcelain Twinz)
Zero ... Dancer (as Porcelain Twinz)
Owen Masterson ... Jackie
Bill Marinella ... Subpoena Server (as Bill Merinella)

Jennifer Piper ... Dinner Theatre Actress
Kelly K.C. Quann ... Blind Man's Bluff Girl

Danielle Petty ... Interview Montage Girl #1
Jennifer Coffmon ... Interview Montage Girl #2
Shelley Coleman-Hiestad ... Swinger
Christopher Hagard ... Scotty Crane
Jacob Hagard ... Scotty Crane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Churchill ... Dick Ryan (uncredited)

Kate Clarke ... Actress in Dinner Theatre (uncredited)
H.R. Haldeman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

LeJon ... Ivan Dixon (uncredited)
John Mitchell ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Shannon Murphy ... Balloon Smuggler (uncredited)
Olivia Saint ... Extra (uncredited)

Gary Sievers ... Beginner's Luck Cast (uncredited)
Evis Xheneti ... Dinner Theatre Actress (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
Writing credits
Robert Graysmith (book "The Murder of Bob Crane")

Michael Gerbosi (written by)

Produced by
Scott Alexander .... producer
Alicia Allain .... producer
Patrick Dollard .... producer (as Pat Dollard)
Rick Hess .... executive producer
Larry Karaszewski .... producer
Trevor Macy .... executive producer
Brian Oliver .... producer
Todd Rosken .... producer
James Schamus .... executive producer
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
Jeffrey Greeley 
Fred Murphy 
Film Editing by
Kristina Boden 
Casting by
Wendy Kurtzman 
Production Design by
James Chinlund 
Art Direction by
Seth Reed 
Set Decoration by
Gene Serdena 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
Donna J. Anderson .... hair stylist
Stephanie Coffey .... makeup artist
Rebecca DeHerrera .... makeup assistant department head
Cheryl Eckert .... key hair stylist
Ashley Fetterman .... assistant special effects makeup
Roxane Griffin .... additional hair stylist
Isabel Harkins .... makeup department head
Joel Harlow .... special makeup effects artist
Rob Hinderstein .... special makeup effects artist
Myke Michaels .... makeup artist
Candace Neal .... hair stylist: Rita Wilson
Michael Peterson .... lab makeup effects
Marsha Shearrill .... makeup artist: character makeup
Production Management
Michael Jackman .... post-production supervisor
Cheryl Kurk .... production supervisor
Avi Levy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director
Eric Oliver .... second second assistant director
Barbara M. Ravis .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rick Chavez .... property master
William Eliscu .... graphic designer
Lilly Frank .... scenic painter
Luke Freeborn .... model builder
Luke Freeborn .... set designer
J. Michael Glynn .... set dresser
Sean Lyons .... painter
Sam Page .... set designer
Nick Rock .... construction coordinator
Kathleen Rosen .... set decoration buyer
Grant Samson .... lead man
Thomas Spencer .... set dresser
Robert Stover .... buyer
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... production sound recorder (as Steve Aaron)
Ken Cade .... adr editor
Peter Kambasis .... assistant sound editor
Peter Kelly .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Main .... boom operator
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Timothy Mehlenbacher .... first assistant dialogue editor
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Steve Munro .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Pellerin .... re-recording mixer
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Dirk Stout .... second boom operator
Andrew Tay .... sound re-recording mixer
David Drainie Taylor .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Damian Fisher .... moldmaker supervisor
John C. Hartigan .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Sarah Jackson-Seirafi .... visual effects producer
Ziad Seirafi .... visual effects supervisor
Kevin Beard .... stunt double: Greg Kinnear
Robert Benjamin .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
James W. Apted .... sencond assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Bauman .... gaffer
Kevin Brown .... electrician
Andreas Crawford .... dolly grip
Thomas M. Dangcil .... electrician
Jeffrey De La Rosa .... electrician
Will Dearborn .... camera loader
Paul A. Edwards .... camera operator
Frank Endewardt .... electrician
Jeffrey Greeley .... camera operator
Barry Idoine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Richard Mall .... key grip
Frank Masi .... still photographer
Charlie McIntyre .... rigging gaffer
David Scott .... rigging electrician
Alec Shepherd .... grip
Michael Tolochko .... electrician
Yuri Karjane .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sande Alessi .... extras casting
Kristan Berona .... extras casting
Caroline Liem .... casting associate
Bill Marinella .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Dennison .... assistant costume designer
Pamela Lee Incardona .... costume supervisor
David Page .... key set costumer
Hayley Stuppel .... costumer
Neil Tansey .... costumer
Barbara Marko .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Stuart Macphee .... post-production coordinator
Ken Metzker .... colorist: high definition
Hilary Peabody .... assistant editor
Cathy Rait .... color timer
Melissa Remenarich .... first assistant editor: Los Angeles
Music Department
Andrew Barrett .... composer: additional music
Jim Dunbar .... music consultant
Tass Filipos .... music editor
Philip W. Gough .... composer: additional music
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearances
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Robert Benjamin .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Jason Block .... post-production accountant
Robert David Crane .... technical advisor
Mark Dawson .... technical advisor
Sean Donnelly .... assistant to producer
Sean J. Donnelly .... assistant to producer
Kenneth J. Ferris .... title designer: main titles
Zach Fine .... technical advisor: vintage video
Nikki Fitch .... assistant to Pat Dollard
Will Frears .... assistant: Paul Schrader
Charles Heaphy .... production financing
Michael Hubert .... production coordinator
Michelle Impellizine .... assistant to Alicia Allain
Peter Kujawski .... assistant: Mr. Schamus
Jonathan Levine .... assistant: Paul Schrader
Ella Marcus .... craft service
Eddie Merino .... key assistant location manager
Patrick Mignano .... location manager
Ryan Murphy .... consultant: avid
Nathan Polatin .... location manager
Rebecca Poulos .... script supervisor
M. Ross-Michaels .... production accountant
Paul Schreiber .... location scout
Benjamin Scissors .... key set production assistant
Claire Smithies .... misc crew
Lisa Womble .... production assistant
Karen Yokomizo .... first assistant accountant
John Bilich .... location manager (uncredited)
Steven Jetton .... layout board (uncredited)
Steve Sinsheimer .... key craft service (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language, some drug use and violence (cut)
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: When Crane is heading into his agent's office building early in the film, he passes a blue U.S. Mail box. Mailboxes of this era were red white and blue.See more »
Bob Crane:A day without sex...
John a day wasted!
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Movie Connections:
Nice Evening, Wasn't ItSee more »


Was Bob Crane actually on a cooking show like in the movie? Did it ever air?
Is the John Carpenter character that Willem Dafoe plays supposed to be the director John Carpenter?
Is this film based on a true story?
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
it's kind of like a drug movie- actually, it really is, and an absorbing one, 12 October 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

After a while, I really did get more of what director Paul Schrader was aiming for with Auto Focus, the tale of males caught in some sort of odd damnation of both free will and morality. It's more like a drug movie, only here the drug being the opposite sex, and almost a singularly male ego-trip, instead of common narcotics. But it's also a very fine character study where the idea of character is taken into consideration, of how much one can seem a certain way, but then be stuck in with flaws and insecurities and, ultimately, temptation. The last of which is what Schrader puts into focus early on, but then after a while when temptation is gone, the film becomes a direct plunge into complete debauchery. And appropriately, like with all addicts, for a while nothing seems wrong at all about all of this.

Greg Kinnear is definitely in one of his best parts here, as he plays someone who is an actor who keeps his actor-like charms off the set as well. In Hollywood, away from the confines of Connecticut, his Bob Crane lands the lead on Hogan's heroes, but can't resist the first temptations of the night-life. This comes, in an introductory way and then throughout as a tag-along/counterpart, with John Carpenter (not the director, played with the best match by Willem Dafoe of being a creep and alluring at times), who shows him the ropes and hooks him up with video equipment. But as Crane goes deeper into his sexual drives, divorces, marries again and divorces again, his acting career and his livelihood seem to slip away. The themes of being perversely the 'All-American Male' are accentuated by Kinnear's Crane in voice-over as he talks about the unbridled joys of sex, and in an interview with a Christian publication he says 'I don't...make waves'. By the last third of his story, however, into the rot of the 70s, he's lost touch with the reality of his pleasures- or rather necessities.

Auto Focus isn't at times an easy movie to sit through; it's even cringe-worthy in a couple of scenes (notably for me was when he guest stars on a celebrity cooking show, only to keep on his sexually-driven side with audience members). Then there are other scenes (i.e. 'you have fingers up you-know-where', and the genital enhancement) where male masculinity is questioned, and in very peculiar ways between Crane and Carpenter; Crane is homophobic, but then what exactly is Carpenter's function? More than anything, less than being a friend, he becomes a kind of unintentional pusher, where the draw of going out on the town becomes a crux for both of the men. What's just as fascinating then is how Schrader aligns this with his style- the first half is mostly very slick and professional-looking, almost like an HBO bio-pic or something. But then as the characters lose a grip on everything except themselves, there's a hand-held, distorted view to everything. There's lots of nudity and on-screen sex (some blurred out, likely by MPAA request), yet Schrader gets something more shocking, in the mind at least, as Carpenter almost becomes the antagonist in a way as the story winds down (the last phone call marks this most).

Auto Focus has the ideal of the usual biographical drama of a somebody in Hollywood who soon loses himself to becoming a nobody, but there's plenty under the surface that makes it more intriguing. Crane's two sides to his persona- the celebrity one, and the personal 'lifestyle' one- become one and the same after a while, Kinnear being able to make such a near-irredeemable person somewhat sympathetic (or at the least very watchable). And Carpenter's more truthful, emotional, and scary turn is made palatable by Dafoe's equally nuanced performance. It's not great, but it's a near-classic of the tale-of-such-and-such-star when so many don't take in what's deeper into account. A-

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