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Auto Focus -- A story about "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane and his friendship with John Carpenter.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Robert Graysmith (book)
Michael Gerbosi (written by)
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Release Date:
8 November 2002 (Canada) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A day without sex is a day wasted.
Plot:
A story about "Hogan's Heroes" star Bob Crane and his friendship with John Carpenter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

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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)
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Directed by
Paul Schrader 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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 .... 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
 
Stunts
Kevin Beard .... stunt double: Greg Kinnear
Robert Benjamin .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James W. Apted .... assistant 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
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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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language, some drug use and violence (cut)
Runtime:
105 min
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Trivia:
The bald actor who plays a reporter interviewing Crane about midway through the film is Crane's real son, Bob Crane Jr. (Robert David Crane).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Early in the movie, Bob Crane attends a Catholic Mass with his family. The priest prays the Creed in English along with the parishioners, but at the time in question, the Mass was in Latin.See more »
Quotes:
Patricia Olson:We're in the show together. We have to keep up the appearance of respectability.
Bob Crane:I can be very respectable.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.151" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
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47 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Focused drama, 5 April 2003
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

A cautionary tale of the dangers of sexual addiction, `Auto Focus' shows what can happen when a person attempts to lead a double life – in this case, a straight-laced family man by day and a pornography-obsessed playboy by night. In `Auto Focus,' the family man/pornographer turns out to be none other than the well-known actor Bob Crane, the star of TV's `Hogan's Heroes,' who was found murdered in a Scottsdale, Arizona hotel room in 1978 under mysterious and sensational circumstances that included the uncovering of tapes Crane had made of his own sexual experiences. The general public was shocked to discover that a man they had invited into their living rooms every week for six years had been living such an unsavory parallel existence – though those who knew him well were apparently far less shocked by the revelation. Drawing on Robert Graysmith's book `The Murder of Bob Crane' for its inspiration and viewpoint, the film, written by Michael Gerbosi and directed by Paul Schrader, chronicles the rise and fall of this handsome actor, from his days as a successful LA disc jockey and his meteoric rise to fame as star of a hit comedy series, to his growing obsession with promiscuity and pornography, which led to the disintegration of both his personal and professional life - and, ultimately, to his death, most likely at the hands of his buddy-in-sleaze, videographer John Carpenter (though he was never convicted of the murder).

`Auto Focus' certainly does not shy away from revealing many of the salacious details of this true-life story. Schrader deals head-on with the disturbing nature of a mind so all consumed with the subject of sex that all other aspects of life become obliterated and distorted. What's fascinating about Crane – at least in the way he is depicted in this film – is that he seems to have had some sort of self-destructive death wish, for not only does he risk his career by sleeping with countless women, but he insists on leaving behind the evidence by videotaping many of his encounters, and then flaunting his `accomplishments' to others in the Hollywood community. In a way, such a cavalier attitude only underlines the sickness at the core of Crane's soul – which in a perverse, paradoxical way, actually makes Crane a more sympathetic figure than he otherwise might be. An enormous amount of credit for this also goes to Greg Kinnear who does a superb job of not only replicating Crane's style of acting but of showing us the tortured man Crane became in his later years. He was truly a man driven to madness by the demons within him, and we can all identify in some sense with that condition (our demons may not be sexual in nature, but they probably eat away at us just as ravenously as they did Crane). Kinnear gets outstanding support from Willem Dafoe as Carpenter, the Svengali-like figure who lures Crane into his world of photographed sex, and Ron Leibman, as Crane's well-meaning, caring agent who can do little but stand by helplessly as his client throws his career and his life away to feed this devouring passion.

The filmmakers have done an amazing job capturing the sights and sounds of the era in which the film is set. Especially impressive are the scenes recreating `Hogan's Heroes,' with Kurt Fuller, in particular, a standout as Werner Klemperer (Colonel Klink). It's also fascinating to see the evolution of videotape technology as portrayed in the film. How many of us knew that such equipment existed for home consumption as early as the mid-60's?

There's a real sadness to the final stretches of the film, made all the more poignant by having the dirge-like musical score run uninterrupted under the action. The effect is that we really get a sense of the total desolation of Crane's life at that point – as he has lost his family, his career, and his self-respect to the master he chose early on to serve. The loss of his life seems almost de rigueur given all that has gone before. `Auto Focus' is not always an easy film to watch, but for its unflinching look at an often-unappetizing subject, it deserves to be seen.

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